Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence in prison for his role in the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his prison cell Wednesday morning. The Boston Globe reports that Hernandez was found hanging in his cell at approximately 3:05 a.m. State Police are currently investigating. Hernandez was recently found not guilty in a different murder case.
The Associated Press is reporting that Massachusetts prison officials say former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital. He was 27.
An official with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections says Hernandez was found hanged in his cell just after 3 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities tried to revive the former New England Patriots tight end, and he was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial - HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster at 4:07 a.m.
Prison officials say the Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts They say he hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window.
Authorities say Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.
Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a drink spilled at a nightclub.
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