Convicted murderer and former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found hanged in his prison cell early Wednesday morning.
The 27-year-old hung himself with a bed sheet attached to a window in his cell. His body was discovered at 3:05 a.m. Hernandez, who was in gen pop, was alone in his cell at the time. He attempted to block his door from the inside by placing various items against it.
Here is a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Corrections:
“On April 19, 2017, Aaron Hernandez was discovered hanged 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 unit. 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.”
Hernandez was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. Last week he was found not guilty of two counts of murder in a different case, but was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm.
The Massachusetts State Police are investigating his death.