38 minutes before the official announcement of Epstein’s death, a post was created by an anonymous user on popular imageboard website 4Chan.
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It is under speculation whether or not an employee posted this before the official announcement was made. The New York City Fire Department is currently investigating the matter as the information did not come from the authorities.
About 40 minutes before Epstein’s death was reported by ABC News on Twitter, an anonymous message was posted on 4Chan.
The post, which was published 8:16 am, tells “Don’t ask me how I know but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest. Screencap this." This account’s image was that of Pepe the green frog, making it harder to find out who the person is behind the post.
This message came even before Aaron Katersky, ABC News Correspondent, first tweeted about it at 8:54 am. ABC’s main news account officially tweeted an article about Epstein’s death five minutes later.
4Chan users expressed doubt, demanding for more information on the discussion thread. The author complied, supplying a detailed procedure breakdown allegedly done to resuscitate Epstein. This suggests that the post may have been done by the first responder, medical worker or anyone included in the event of resuscitating the financier.
FDNY Spokesperson Frank Dwyer told Buzzfeed that he could not verify the accuracy of the anonymous post on 4Chan. He added that the FDNY’s Office of Healthcare Compliance conducted the review and claims that it does not match their medical records.
Dwyer continued, saying that any medical professional who divulges patient information without consent is a violation of federal health privacy law, to which HIPAA and FDNY will look into.