Former NFL player, Aaron Hernandez committed suicide early this morning in prison.
Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison Wednesday morning, the Department of Correction said.
According to a statement from the department, the former New England Patriots star was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., at approximately 3:05 a.m.
“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement 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.”
State Police are investigating, and his family has been notified.
The statement said Hernandez was transported to UMass Memorial in Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. Wednesday.
DOC spokesman Christopher Fallon said Hernandez was not on a suicide watch because there was no indication he was considering harming himself. “If he had made any kind of statement, he would have not been in that unit,’’ Fallon said.
He said investigators are poring over his cell in Unit G-2 but so far have not found anything that resembles a suicide note. The investigation, however, is continuing, he said.
Hernandez’s suicide comes five days after he was acquitted of murdering two men in Boston in 2012. However, he was still serving a life without parole sentence for murdering Odin L. Lloyd in North Attleborough in 2013.
It also comes the same day his former team is expected to be feted at the White House by President Donald J. Trump for winning the Super Bowl this year.
In an e-mail, Patriots spokesman Stacey James wrote that the NFL team was aware of the death of their former All-Star.
“We are aware of the reports, but I don’t anticipate that we will be commenting today,’’ he wrote.
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