Billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein may have killed himself in jail due to withdrawal from steroids, a pathologist has claimed.
Dr Michael Hunter said Prince Andrew’s friend, who died in August awaiting child sex abuse charges, could have been abusing the drug to build muscle and his libido.
He said the former financier did not have access to them in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center and got depressed – showing signs others must have noticed.
Dr Michael Hunter said Jeffrey Epstein (pictured), who died in August awaiting child sex abuse charges, could have been abusing the drug to build muscle and his libido
Epstein, 66, had fatty liver disease, according to his medical records, despite not being an alcoholic or obese.
He also had a ‘ripped’ body for his age, which Dr Hunter suggested could have been down to steroid use.
The forensic expert said according to the Express: ‘Withdrawal from anabolic steroids has been linked to depression and suicidal thoughts.
‘So if Epstein had a habit he was unable to maintain in jail, steroid abuse could have been a factor in his death.’
Dr Hunter, whose comments will air in an episode of Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… in the US next Sunday, said he was satisfied Epstein killed himself.
Epstein (pictured with Ghislaine Maxwell, the socialite accused of recruiting girls for his sex trafficking ring) had a ‘ripped’ body for his age, which Dr Hunter says may have been down to steroids
But he picked up on the mystery of why the billionaire wrote a new will two days before he died, leaving £425million to a trust fund in the Virgin Islands.
He said it was a clear indication the disgraced financier was about to try to kill himself, noting he had only recently been on suicide watch.
Dr Hunter said it ‘baffles’ him why it was ignored and claimed it was the one aspect of his death that suggested others may have been involved.
It comes after it emerged Prince Andrew enjoyed a close friendship with a neurosurgeon who worked as a science adviser to Epstein.
The Duke of York, 60, went for dinners with Dr Melanie Walker, 48, who he jokingly referred to as a ‘dork’ and ‘smarty pants’.
The Prince allegedly got so close to American Dr Walker she attended the Queen’s ‘Dance of the Decades’ party at Windsor Castle in 2000.
Prince Andrew enjoyed a close friendship with a neurosurgeon who worked as a science adviser to his shamed paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein
The Duke of York, 60, went for dinners with Dr Melanie Walker, 48, who he jokingly referred to as a ‘dork’ and ‘smarty pants’
The party was held to mark four royal birthdays, including Andrew’s 40th.
Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, the socialite accused of recruiting girls for Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, also attended.
A source told the Sun: ‘This opens up more questions about Andrew’s links to Epstein. He has to be more forthcoming.’
Dr Walker is said to have met Epstein in 1992, when he told her he could get her an audition for a Victoria’s Secret modelling job.
She then stayed in a New York apartment building owned by Epstein.
After graduating, Dr Walker was allegedly hired by Epstein as a science adviser at his foundation, from 1998 to 1999.
The prince allegedly got so close to Dr Walker, an American, that she attended the Queen’s ‘Dance of the Decades’ party at Windsor Castle in 2000, according to The Sun
Andrew first met Dr Walker in New York in 1999, which is the same year he met Epstein.
In a 2003 interview, Dr Walker praised the Duke, saying that ‘he calls me Mel and addresses me “Hey Dork” or “smarty pants”.
She did insist that the pair were just friends who chatted ‘mostly about science and medicine’.
Epstein killed himself in New York last year while he was awaiting trial on charges of trafficking young women for sex.
One of those women, Virginia Roberts, claimed she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times when she was still a teenager.
Andrew has repeatedly denied the claims and in November told Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis: ‘I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.’