Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Aaron Hernandez found hanged in cell

Aaron Hernandez found hanged in cell

In a maximum-security prison outside Boston, about an hour from the stadium where he played alongside stars such as Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, Hernandez jammed the door to his one-man cell lest guards try to stop him and put an early end to the life-without-parole sentence he received for a 2013 murder.

Hernandez was found hanging from the window of his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in MA on Wednesday morning.

The 27-year-old American footballer was found unresponsive in his prison cell on Wednesday morning, just after 3am and was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later. He also tried to block his cell door from the inside by jamming it with several items preventing it from being opened, according to officials.

The Massachusetts State Police are on scene and the investigation continues. He was serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend.

The suicide of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez just days after he was acquitted of killing two men in the South End in 2012 remains shrouded in mystery. A lawyer who represents Lloyd's mother said she's moving forward with a wrongful-death lawsuit against Hernandez's estate, which includes a home valued at $1.3 million.

Fallon said he was not aware of any suicide note. An autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner's office in Boston to determine his cause and manner of death, according to the Worcester District Attorney's Office.

NBC Boston's Investigators have learned that Hernandez was found with "John 3:16" written on his forehead.

'The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron's death, ' Baez said in a statement obtained by "That was a positive thing in our minds", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol.

His former agent, Brian Murphy tweeted: "Absolutely no chance he took his own life".

Baez called the family's donation of Hernandez's brain the "critical issue" during a press conference where he declined to answer any questions about Hernandez's death at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center or how he was found. State police spokesman Dave Procopio also cites the "active" investigation. "I don't believe that he would have killed himself".

Hernandez was acquitted last week in connection with a 2012 double murder case. He said Hernandez "was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life".

Still, he was a productive tight end for the Patriots for three seasons.

"When the verdict was said, a lot of people were emotional, and I looked over and I thought he was crying tears of joy", said Monroe, who sat on the Suffolk County jury that acquitted Hernandez in the murders of Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28.

The stats certainly can't quantify the loss his fiancee and 5-year-old daughter must feel today.

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