Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been found dead after hanging himself in his prison cell, Massachusetts corrections officials said Wednesday.
“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement from prison officials said. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”
Hernandez’s suicide comes five days after he was acquitted of double murder charges in the deaths of two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.
Yet, seems like then tensions got too high for the former NFL star.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of semipro football player Odin Lloyd, who was found shot to death in an industrial park roughly a half-mile from Hernandez’s North Attleboro home.
Hernandez was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 3:05 a.m. Wednesday, according to a statement from the state Department of Correction.
Massachusetts State Police are investigating the death.
Two accomplices — Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace — are serving up to seven years in prison for being accessories after the fact. Wallace, who was acquitted of murder, was convicted in May 2016. Ortiz pleaded guilty a month later.
Hernandez’s death comes on the same day his former team will visit the White House to celebrate its Super Bowl championship.
In an e-mail, Patriots spokesman Stacey James wrote, via the Boston Globe, that the team was aware of Hernandez’s death, “but I don’t anticipate that we will be commenting today.”