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Ariel Castro

May Have Died From

Auto-Erotic Asphyxiation

10/10/2013 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Convicted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died by pulling a David Carradine ... hanging himself while masturbating -- an act known as auto-erotic asphyxiation -- according to a new investigative report that was just released by the prison.

Castro was discovered in his cell by prison guards Sept. 3rd ... hanging from a hinge in the window of his cell ... with a bed sheet wrapped around his neck.  His death was initially ruled a suicide.

The report reveals Castro died with his pants and underwear pulled down around his ankles ... which raised the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation ... according to the report.

And there's more ... prison officials found an open Bible in Castro's cell ... which was opened to John Chapters 2 and 3.  They also discovered pictures of his family ... arranged in poster-board fashion.

At the time of his death ... Castro was just a few weeks into a life sentence ... for kidnapping three women and holding them in captivity in his house for a decade.

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16.

Jamey Hunter    

Who cares? This garbage doesn't deserve any more attention

340 days ago
17.

mwen    

i thought it was possible it was auto-erotica, but his family did note that he was depressed. so dunno

340 days ago
18.

Greeneyedjeepgirl    

Haha, apparently it is ONE HELL of an orgasm!! I hope he rots in hell........

340 days ago
19.

Jeems    

I was hoping he died by getting gang raped

340 days ago
20.

Pecker    

WTF does a story like this have to do with "Thirty Mile Zone", entertainment, celebrity news or celebrity justice? The guy is a pedophile, rapist, murderer and he's dead...

340 days ago
21.

laura    

Ewww. This guy was the epitome of a sexual deviant. What a freak... I wish he wasn't pleasuring himself while he died, I wish he suffered.

340 days ago
22.

hartz    

Is this even newsworthy? It must be a slow news day to report this.

340 days ago
23.

Ace    

Must be a big cell if he had an auto in it.

340 days ago
24.

B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

Gasps.

340 days ago
25.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

Why O why didn't they let the general pop have at him?

340 days ago
26.

Ambermoon16    

How he died doesn't matter. He is dead and that it's a great thing

340 days ago
27.

Yes, I'm That Leah    

He CAME ---- AND WENT!!!

Too funny.......

340 days ago
28.

mommyto1    

Quit giving this monster publicity.

340 days ago
29.

She's baaaack    

I hope his last thought was about how frustrating it was to be half throttled and after wacking the damn thing for 15 minutes it still wasn't standing up. I also hope he kicked and struggled for a full 5 minutes before his head popped off. No matter, he's dead and that's the important thing.

340 days ago
30.

gkuhl    

Bastard died happy... and thought he was suffering.

340 days ago
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