BREAKING: Ex-NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Found Hanging In Prison Cell
According to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, former NFL player Aaron Hernandez has committed suicide in his prison cell. USA Today reports that the former New England Patriots tight was found hanged by a bed sheet early Wednesday.
Hernandez, 27, was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to a statement released by the DOC. The statement said that “lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. by a physician at the hospital. Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing. ”
According to the report, Hernandez attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming it with various items. “The Massachusetts State Police are on scene and the investigation continues. Mr. Hernandez’s next of kin have been notified”, said the report.
An autopsy will be performed in Boston to determine the “cause and manner of death”, according to the Worcester County DA Joseph Early. Their statement says, Hernandez “was found unresponsive in his cell shortly after 3 a.m. today. He was brought to UMass-Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.”
Hernandez was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Last Friday, Hernandez was found not guilty for the double killing of two men on a Boston street in 2012.
Hernandez was at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass, at the time of his death. He was found guilty in April 2015 of first-degree murder in the death of Lloyd two years prior. Lloyd, a former friend who dated the sister of Hernandez’s longtime fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, was shot several times by the same kind of gun security footage showed Hernandez possessed.
Investigators began to probe the deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after Hernandez was charged in the Lloyd case. Abreu and Furtado were killed a vehicle after leaving a Boston nightclub in July 2012, weeks before Hernandez reported to Patriots camp ahead of his third and final season with the Patriots.
Hernandez, prosecutors claimed at the trial, became upset after Abreu and Furtado after they bumped into Hernandez at the nightclub. A jury, however, found Hernandez not guilty on murder charge Friday after six days of deliberations. Hernandez was convicted of an unlawful gun possession charge.
After the verdicts were read, Hernandez turned to Jenkins and mouthed, “I love you.” Jenkins told reporters, “I am very, very happy” as she exited court. Hernandez and Jenkins have a 4-year-old daughter, Avielle Janelle Hernandez.
His former agent, Brian Murphy tweeted: “Absolutely no chance he took his own life. Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life.” Hernandez, who grew up in Bristol, Conn, played with the Patriots from 2010-2012.
“We are aware of the reports, but I don’t anticipate that we will be commenting today,” Patriots spokesman Stacey James said Wednesday. Members of the Patriots were scheduled to be honored at the White House on Wednesday for their Super Bowl LI victory over Atlanta.