The man behind the rape and murder of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood has died in hospital.
Stephen Beadman had been sentenced to life in prison for the 2015 murder of the school girl.
It was announced that the 34-year-old died in hospital today (April 8).
A prison service spokesman said today: “Stephen Beadman, HMP Wakefield prisoner, died in hospital on April 8th. The Prison and Parole Ombudsman has been informed.”
In the disturbing events leading up to Kayleigh’s death, the teen was bombarded with messages from a stranger online over a two-week period.
She was persuaded to spend the night at Luke Harlow’s house in Ibstock on the outskirts of Warwickshire before his neighbor Beadman dragged the teenager into the nearby woods, where he raped and murdered her
Her murder shocked the nation and the high-impact video Kayleigh’s love story was released by Leicestershire police in a campaign against child abuse and sexual exploitation.
It was shown to schools in the area to help prevent further deaths.
Leicestershire Police also posted the full video online in hopes that more victims will be encouraged to seek help and support.
It is not yet known how Beadman – who, according to dental records, was identified as Kayleigh’s killer after 46 injuries to her body – died.
Harlow was sentenced to 12 years in prison while Beadman received life imprisonment.
He should serve a minimum of 35 years without parole.