Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, 27, has apparently committed suicide.
Police said he was found hanged by a bed sheet in his jail cell.
He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital according to a statement released by the DOC.
“On April 19, 2017 Aaron Hernandez was discovered hanging in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m., 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. Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet 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. The Massachusetts State Police are on scene and the investigation continues. Mr. Hernandez’s next of kin have been notified.”
An autopsy will be performed to determine the “cause and manner of death”.
Although, we are sure one is not needed.
A statement released by Worcester County DA Joseph Early 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 murder of two men on a Boston street in 2012.
“The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron’s death,” Hernandez’s attorney Jose Baez wrote in a statement. “There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible. Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death. We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation.
“The Baez Law Firm will participate in its own examination into this tragic event and update the media and public on its findings when they become available.”
He was first found guilty in April 2015 of first-degree murder in the death of Lloyd.
Lloyd was a former friend who dated Hernandez’s longtime fiancee’s sister. He was shot several times by the same kind of gun security footage showed Hernandez possessed.
Then investigators started to probe into the deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after Hernandez was charged in the Lloyd case.
They were killed in a vehicle after leaving a Boston nightclub in July 2012.
Prosecutors claimed Hernandez became upset at Abreu and Furtado after they bumped into him at the nightclub.
A jury, however, found Hernandez not guilty on a 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.”
“I am very, very happy” Jenkins told reporters 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.”
What do you think? Did he take his own life?