The medical examiner has not determined the cause of death.
The New York Police Department confirmed that convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s last cellmate passed away at his mother’s home in November after he caught COVID-19.
Efrain “Stone” Reyes, 51, shared a cell with Epstein. He was in jail after he “pleaded guilty to a narcotics conspiracy involving crack and heroin at Bronx housing projects.”
In August 2019, authorities transferred him to the Queens Detention Facility a day before Epstein supposedly hanged himself in the cell.
That jail had a COVID-19 outbreak in April. Reyes went home that month.
Reyes’s niece Angelique Lopez said she “can’t say COVID didn’t play a part (in his death).” He had diabetes and heart problems, but he came home “coughing more than normal” because “his lungs weren’t the same.”
The medical examiner has not figured out the cause of death.
Lopez also talked about Reyes’s time in prison with Epstein. From The New York Daily News:
Reyes’s niece, Angelique Lopez, said Epstein was paired with her uncle because he had a bad leg and was mild mannered.
“They took him to my uncle because he had a broken leg. He was disabled. My uncle kept to himself. He was laid back,” Lopez, 27, said.
“(Epstein) liked to read a lot and he kept to himself. He wasn’t a problem starter or too loud. My uncle said he was a good cellmate.”
Lopez said her uncle witnessed how inmates and correctional officers treated Epstein:
“They knew how much money he had. They said let’s push him around and extort him for money. They thought they could get his money,” Lopez said.
“(Staff) were treating him like crap. They were making him sleep on the floor. They wouldn’t let him sleep on a cot.”
Reyes found himself in a tough place after Epstein’s suicide. The FBI questioned him about the suicide:
“He was a little worried about if he told on the security workers at MCC they would somehow lash out at him. He was worried if they told them what they did to Epstein he was worried it would follow him and affect him negatively,” Lopez said.
“They were asking how Epstein was when he was in the cell, if he seemed suicidal. They were asking if he had any indication that he would do that. My uncle cooperated.”
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