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Ex-NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Hung Himself in Jail. He's Dead Now

20 April 2017

Aaron Hernandez was found dead in a MA prison cell Wednesday morning, ending a stunning spiral for a former National Football League star who five years ago signed a $41 million contract with the New England Patriots - and then was accused of three murders.

He was discovered hanged, with a bedsheet around his neck, at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, inside his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, a maximum security state prison in Shirley.

After he was found, "lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMass-Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a physician at the hospital", Fallon said.

MA prison officials said Hernandez was found hanging in his prison cell early Wednesday. Hernandez had fashioned a barricade by jamming various cell items against the door of his single cell and was found there alone this morning.

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The Worcester County district attorney's office and the Correction Department were investigating, and Massachusetts' chief medical examiner was conducting an autopsy.

Department of Corrections spokesperson Christopher Fallon said Hernandez, who was serving life without parole for the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd in 2013, had not been identified as a suicide risk.

Just last week Hernandez was acquitted in the 2012 shooting deaths of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu.

ESPN reporter Josina Anderson posted on Twitter that a former Patriots teammate may have suggested foul play.

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Hernandez was visibly emotional when Friday's verdicts were read, embracing his attorneys.

As reaction pours in from people who knew Hernandez throughout his life, those who covered him on and off the field weigh in. As the jury was deliberating, cameras spied Hernandez blowing kisses to the young daughter he fathered with fiancée Shayanna Jenkins.

In 2012, when he was 22, Aaron Hernandez signed a record $40 million contract with the Patriots. His death came just days after the 27-year-old athlete was acquitted in a second murder case. Team spokesman Stacey James said the Patriots were aware of the reports of Hernandez's death but didn't anticipate the club commenting Wednesday. "Through thick and thin right or wrong we never left each other's side", Pouncey wrote.

Hernandez, who had been picked up by the New England Patriots as the 15th pick in the fourth round in 2010, was released from the team 90 minutes after his arrest for Lloyd's murder.

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Pretty shocking news out of MA today.