Five months after being released from jail due to contracting COVID-19, Efrain “Stone” Reyes, has died. Neither his lawyer nor the Southern District of New York have issued a public comment on his death.
A misleading headline from the New York Daily News indicated that Reyes, who was the last man to share a cell with Jeffrey Epstein before the billionaire pedophile’s alleged suicide, died from complications related to COVID-19. In reality, Reyes’ niece indicated she believed his life was shortened due to COVID-19, but noted that he recovered from the disease in the more than five months since he contracted it.
Reyes’ niece, Angelique Lopez, told New York Daily News, “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.”
Reyes was released in April and died five months later in September. His death was not reported publicly until today.
According to the press, the Medical Examiner has not determined the cause of Reyes’ death. The New York Daily News notes that “He suffered from heart problems and was diabetic,” but does not claim that he contracted COVID-19 a second time before his death.
According to Lopez, Reyes told her that Epstein was abused by both guards and inmates while incarcerated, and feared reprisal should he report the misbehavior:
“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,” Lopez said.
“(Staff) were treating him like crap. They were making him sleep on the floor. They wouldn’t let him sleep on a cot.”
Reyes, who pleaded guilty to a narcotics conspiracy involving crack and heroin at Bronx housing projects, saw firsthand that Epstein was trapped between inmates and cruel correctional officers, according to Lopez.
More than a year after Epstein allegedly committed suicide while in a New York jail cell, only hours after being removed from suicide watch, the pedophile’s sordid legacy continues to ripple through American politics.
Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime girlfriend and alleged madam, recently admitted to flying on Jeffrey Epstein’s “Lolita Express” airplane with former President Bill Clinton.