(CLEVELAND) -- Contrary to rumors, convicted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro's jail cell death was not the result of autoerotic asphyxiation.
In October, there was speculation that Castro, who held three women against their will for a decade, may have accidentally hung himself because his pants and underwear were found around his ankles. This led investigators to believe Castro was possibly restricting oxygen to his brain for sexual arousal rather than trying to purposely kill himself.
However, in a report issued Tuesday by consultants to the Ohio prison system, it was determined that Castro committed suicide. Lindsay M. Hayes and Fred Cohen for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction reached their conclusion by the evidence at hand as well as examining prison suicides beginning in 2009.
Their report states, "Based upon the fact that this inmate was going to remain in prison for the rest of his natural life under the probability of continued perceived harassment and threats to his safety, his death was not predictable on September 3, 2013, but his suicide was not surprising and perhaps inevitable."
Castro was serving life in prison after pleading guilty to charges of rape, kidnapping, torture and imprisonment of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. The three women escaped Castro's home last May after a decade of being held captive.
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