Convicted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found dead in his prison cell


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Convicted kidnapper Ariel Castro, 53, has been found dead in his prison cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio.

Ohio Rehabilitation and Correction officials said Castro was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. local time.

Prison medical staff tried to revive him and transported him to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. He was not part of the general prison population and was isolated from other inmates for his own protection.

On August 1 Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for holding three women captive in a Cleveland home for more than a decade and raping them repeatedly. He pleaded guilty to 937 charges including aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape and assault. He was spared the death penalty after making a deal with prosecutors.

WATCH: Castro sentenced

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