BREAKING: Notorious American Spy Dead

( – BREAKING NOW: Just moments ago it was announced that Robert Hanssen, a former FBI agent who had been spying for Russia and the ex-Soviet Union, was discovered deceased in his prison cell. The information was originally disclosed to CBS News via a statement.

Robert Hanssen

Hanssen was located in an unconscious state at the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado. Despite trying to revive him, he was declared dead, as detailed in the statement by Kristie Breshears, the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ communication director.

“Emergency medical services were summoned by staff, and attempts to save the inmate’s life persisted. Eventually, external emergency medical staff confirmed the inmate’s death,” the statement read.

Hanssen, aged 79, had been held at the Florence ADX since 2002, spending over two decades there. He had confessed to committing espionage on 15 occasions in 2001 and was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison, with no chance of parole.

The FBI website describes Hanssen as “the most destructive spy in Bureau history.” Using a fake name, he supplied the Russians with top-secret information concerning national security, getting over $1.4 million in cash, bank funds, and diamonds in return. The FBI page states that his spying activities date back to 1985.

The CBS News-released statement didn’t provide any details about the cause of Hanssen’s death. Breshears clarified that no other inmates or staff were hurt, and the FBI had been notified of the death. The Hill is seeking more information from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.