19 Action News reports that Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper hung himself in his cell. He is 52 years old.
JoEllen Smith, of the Ohio Department of Corrections, sent 19 Action News this statement:
Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 pm at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. He was housed in protective custody which means he was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals. Upon finding inmate Castro, prison medical staff began performing life saving measures. Shortly after he was transported to OSUMC where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 pm. A thorough review of this incident is underway and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation. [Source]
Ariel Castro kidnapped Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus, and held them captive in his Cleveland home for more than a 10 years. Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts including murder and kidnapping in exchange for the death penalty being taken off the table. He was serving a life sentence.