A former associate of the late Jeffrey Epstein was reportedly found dead in his apartment during a medical check-up.
Police called to Steven Hoffenberg’s home in Derby, Connecticut found his body decomposing on his bedroom floor, the Daily Mail and New York Post reported Thursday. He was 77 years old.
Hoffenberg was discovered around 8 p.m. Tuesday after a friend called the cops.
“Everything points to Mr. Hoffenberg,” a Derby Police Department spokesperson told the Post. “There’s no suggestion that it isn’t. We believe it’s him. We’re just waiting for the dental records.
The cause of death has not been confirmed, but the body showed no apparent signs of trauma, a police source told the Daily Mail.
Police said the body was “in a condition where visual identification could not be made”.
Cops believe the body had been rotting in the house for at least a week. A medical examiner uses dental records to identify the body.
Hoffenberg was once Epstein’s boss and claimed the disgraced financier was complicit in a half-billion dollar Ponzi scheme he operated through his Towers Financial Corp. Hoffenberg pleaded guilty in 1995 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
While Hoffenberg was incarcerated, Epstein allegedly sexually abused teenage girls bought with the help of his madam Ghislaine Maxwell, who is serving a 20-year sentence for sex trafficking and other crimes.
After serving his sentence, Hoffenberg reached out to Epstein’s victims and joined their fight for justice.
Convicted sex offender Epstein was found unresponsive in his jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Hoffenberg was appointed by a court to manage the post office for a brief period in 1993 and helped the newspaper emerge from bankruptcy.
The first person to call the police to check on Hoffenberg was reportedly his friend Maria Farmer, an artist who survived Epstein’s abuse.
“Hoff was one of my dearest friends on earth, more like a father than my own father ever was to me. He lived in kindness, always giving what little he had, never asking for anything,’ Farmer told the Daily Mail. “This man was beyond amazing and a dear friend to Epstein survivors…as he was too.”
Farmer told Rolling Stone: “I want people to know how kind this gentleman was to the survivors, without asking.”
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