Hanssen, 79, was found unresponsive on Monday at 6:55 a.m., the FBOP confirmed to FOX31. Staff at the prison, officially known as USP ADX Florence, initiated life-saving measures while requesting assistance from emergency personnel, but Hanssen was later pronounced dead.
No staff or other inmates were injured, according to FBOP.
According to the FBI, Hanssen became an special agent in 1976 and became what the agency called “the most damaging spy in Bureau history.”
On Feb. 18, 2001, Hanssen was arrested and charged with committing espionage on behalf of Russia and the former Soviet Union. The FBI said Hanssen had provided highly classified national security information to the Russians in exchange for more than $1.4 million in cash, bank funds and diamonds.
Hanssen pleaded guilty to multiple charges and was sentenced to 15 life sentences. He had been at ADX Florence since July 17, 2002.
ADX is an administrative maximum security penitentiary located in Colorado and is home to some of the most infamous criminals. ADX has been coined the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”
Hanssen’s cause of death has not yet been released.