Multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s death was announced by a user on the social media site 4chan nearly 40 minutes before the death was officially reported by a major news organization.
“[D]ont ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest. Screencap this,” the first post made by the anonymous user at 8:16 a.m. on Saturday read, according to Buzzfeed News.
The poster went on to provide specific medical details about the resuscitation efforts to revive the convicted pedophile, who died while in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, suggesting the poster may have been a first responder, hospital employee or someone else involved in the effort to save the disgraced hedge fund manager.
The Fire Department of New York launched its own review into the posts but concluded that the messages did not come from anyone within its department, FDNY Deputy Press Secretary Myles Miller said in a statement.
Paramedics from both the FDNY and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital responded to the jail after Epstein was found unresponsive with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck around 6:30 a.m.
The poster provided a detailed account of the resuscitation effort to users online after some users questioned whether the poster’s claims were true.
"Worked asystole arrest for 40 minutes, als[o] intubated in the field/epi/2 liters NS infused. Telemetry advised bicarb and D50 in the field. Pt transported to Lower Manhattan ER and worked for 20 minutes and called. Hospital administrator was alerted, preparing statements," one follow-up post said, according to Fox News.
Until the coroner’s final report is released, it’s unclear whether the details provided by the poster are consistent with the care Epstein received, however, an emergency medicine physician told BuzzFeed News the information was consistent with standard procedures for paramedics.
“This sounds like standard American Heart Association guidelines, which most EMS agencies use,” Dr. Keith Wesley, who has also authored several EMS textbooks and articles, said.
Wesley went on to say that “telemetry advised bicarb” could suggest that first responders were communicating with a hospital during their resuscitation efforts.
While it remains unclear whether the details match the care Epstein received, Wesley said revealing specific details about another’s medical information would be a violation of federal law.
“If one of the medics posted this separately that’s a breach of protocol,” he said. “If there was identifying information on the patient, that is a violation of Federal HIPPA law.”
An autopsy was conducted Sunday; however, the official cause of death has yet to be announced. Epstein had been facing federal sex trafficking charges after prosecutors said the wealthy financier lured dozens of underage girls to his mansions in New York and Florida for the purpose of having sex with the teens.
The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating how Epstein could have died while in federal custody.
According to Attorney General William Barr there were “serious irregularities” at the Metropolitan Correctional Center that are “deeply concerning.”
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