Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy showed that his hyoid, a small U-shaped neck bone, had fractured when he died on Saturday, the Washington Post reported.
This type of fracture is associated with both suicidal hanging and strangulation, according to a medical expert the Post cited.
This likely fueled conspiracy theories — including one boosted by President Donald Trump — that other people were involved in Epstein’s death.
Medical experts have poured scorn on suggestions that Epstein was murdered based on the broken hyoid bone.
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Broken bones found in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck are not proof that the disgraced financier was murdered, medical experts said, as some took details of his autopsy to fuel conspiracy theories.
The autopsy into his death Saturday found multiple broken bones in Epstein’s neck, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources familiar with its contents.
One of those bones was the hyoid, a small U-shaped bone in the front and middle of the neck.
This type of fracture is associated with both suicidal hanging and homicidal strangulation, the Post cited a medical expert as saying. The New York Times also cited a forensic anthropologist who made a similar point.
Hyoid ruptures are particularly common among older people who hang themselves, the Post noted. Epstein was 66.
Epstein’s death came as he was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. The Department of Justice has described it as an “apparent suicide.”
But many people, including President Donald Trump, have floated conspiracy theories that other people were involved in the death.
Read more: FBI agents are livid that Trump is amplifying ‘bulls— theories’ about Jeffrey Epstein’s death ‘that have no basis in reality’
Outlets including Fox News and noted conspiracy site InfoWars have also amplified suggestions that Epstein was killed.
Marc Siegel, Fox News’ medical correspondent, told the network on …read more
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