The last prisoner to share a cell with the notorious billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein reportedly died last month after catching COVID-19 in prison.
The prisoner, Efrain “Stone” Reyes shared a cell with Epstein in August 2019 before he was transferred to Queens Detention Facility, according to the New York Daily News.
Epstein’s mysterious death took place the day after Reyes was transferred.
51-year-old Efrain Reyes was found “unresponsive lying on a bed” on November 27th at his mother’s apartment in the Bronx, according to NYPD spokesman Sergeant Edward Riley.
“EMS responded and performed CPR on the individual but the aided was later pronounced deceased,” Riley said.
A specific cause of death has yet to be determined by the city’s Medical Examiner, but Reyes has a history of heart problems and diabetes, which are both correlated with severe coronavirus cases.
Reyes’s 27-year-old niece Angelique Lopez said that her uncle was chosen as Epstein’s cellmate because he was “disabled” and “had a broken leg” and “kept to himself.”
The last man to share a cell with Jeffrey Epstein died in a Bronx apartment after catching coronavirus at a jail for cooperating witnesses.
Efrain “Stone” Reyes, 51, was found dead at his mother’s apartment, the NYPD confirms.https://t.co/kBDZMo9Chy
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 28, 2020
Reyes was in prison for non-violent drug crimes, and was released shortly before his death.
Lopez said that her uncle told her that Epstein was a “good cellmate.”
“(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.
Lopez also said that Epstein was treated poorly by the other inmates and the guards at the prison.
“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. they were treating him like crap. They were making him sleep on the floor. They wouldn’t let him sleep on a cot,” Lopez said.
Even though Reyes was not at the prison when Epstein allegedly took his own life, he was questioned after the incident and cooperated fully.
“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,” she added.
Reyes was released from prison in April, but died five months later. He caught the virus while he was incarcerated and feared that he would die before the end of his prison sentence.
“He thought he wasn’t going to get out of GEO alive. He thought that was going to be it, he was going to die there. I can’t say COVID didn’t play a part (in his death). He came back coughing more than normal. His lungs weren’t the same,” Lopez said.