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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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bruno13    

oh, that's too bad

386 days ago
62.

RON    

He was coming and going at the same time...

386 days ago
63.

Michael Girouard    

That still doesn't let his guards off the hook. There's no way he shouldn't be serving his sentence.

386 days ago
64.

demoncat    

wonder if the lucky inmate who maybe helped castro tie the rope around him will ever talk.even in the end castro was thinking and trying to keep his libedo going.

386 days ago
65.

Ozzie X    

Rest in pieces s***bag.

386 days ago
66.

Vote2012    

Best news I heard all day...good

386 days ago
67.

intertextuality    

hope he died before he came..no sex in hell!

386 days ago
68.

VictoriaGirl    

This story is likely BS but so what? Lets pretend he died in this humiliating way.

386 days ago
69.

BellaJ    

So he was getting off to the bible and pics of his family?!

386 days ago
70.

French fan    

Disgusting.

386 days ago
71.

Nonsense    

Please, please, please, never mention this guy again.

386 days ago
72.

Bel    

Who cares as long as he is DEAD!!

386 days ago
73.

todd lee    

I heard thats a common thing to do at the TMZs Christmas parties.

386 days ago
74.

NOT ELMO    

well deserved....

386 days ago
75.

ragu4u    

He just wanted to hang out and meet his beat!

385 days ago
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