By Rebecca Taylor, news reporter

Jeffrey Epstein broke several bones in his neck in his apparent suicide, a post-mortem has reportedly found.

The disgraced US financier, who was found dead in his jail cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, broke the hyoid bone close to the Adam's apple, the Washington Post said.

It is a bone not commonly broken when hanged, an expert told the paper, but can be more easily broken in older people.

Image: Epstein was in jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges

The breakage can also occur when someone is strangled.

It comes as NBC reported the US flags on the multimillionaire's private island were lowered to half-mast after his death on Saturday.


Captain Kelly Quinn, owner of Salty Dog Day Sails, who spotted the flags at half-mast, said: "It was a real moment out there and it just felt so heavy.

"I didn't feel there was a realness of the end of Jeffrey Epstein until I saw that. That was a lot more literal.

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"They're doing this as a remembrance, but the irony is he'll only be remembered for the deviance."

The flag at half mast on Epstein's island. Pic: Salty Dog Day Sails
Image: Flags at half mast on Epstein's island. Pic: Salty Dog Day Sails
A flag at half mast on the island

NBC also reported that Epstein's body has been claimed by an anonymous "associate".

The convicted sex offender was found dead in the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in New York City.

It was previously reported by unidentified sources that he was found hanged.

Epstein, 66, had been on suicide watch but was later moved back to a regular cell.

His death came two weeks after he was reportedly found unconscious with neck injuries on the floor of his cell. His lawyers declined to comment at the time.

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