'Unabomber' Ted Kaczynski found dead in US prison cell

'Unabomber' Ted Kaczynski found dead in US prison cell

‘Unabomber’ Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski – who waged a 17-year bombing campaign before evading capture for two decades – has been found dead in his prison cell.

The 81-year-old was given the name by the FBI after his actions caused the death of three people and injured 23 others.

The Harvard-educated mathematician has been locked up since May 1998, when he was sentenced to four life sentences, plus 30 years for the campaign of terror that set universities nationwide on edge.

He admitted to committing 16 bombings from 1978 and 1995, permanently maiming several of his victims.

Kaczynski died at the federal prison medical center in Butner, North Carolina, Kristie Breshears, a spokesperson for the federal Bureau of Prisons, told the AP news agency.

He was found unresponsive in his cell early Saturday morning and was pronounced dead around 8am. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Years before the September 11 attacks, the deadly homemade bombs changed the way Americans posted packages and boarded airplanes, even virtually shutting down air travel on the west coast in July 1995.