Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Ex-Patriot Hernandez hangs self in jail cell

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell early Wednesday while serving a life sentence for murder, authorities said.

Authorities offered few answers after the 27-year-old Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in MA. "He was brought to UMass-Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster where he was pronounced dead about an hour later". "Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window". Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming it with various items, Fallon said.

On top of that, Hernandez's former lawyer Jose Baez has said that the state of MA is "illegally" holding the brain of the ex-NFL star after a medical examiner performed his autopsy, per ESPN.

Guards found Hernandez just after 3am, Correction Department spokesman Christopher Fallon said.

Because Hernandez had not exhausted all of his appeals when he died, his conviction in the Lloyd case will be voided.

Hernandez was moved to tears on Friday after he was acquitted of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston.

Hernandez, prosecutors claimed at the trial, became upset after Abreu and Furtado after they bumped into Hernandez at the nightclub.

"Absolutely no chance he took his own life", tweeted Hernandez's former agent, Athletes First president Brian Murphy.

The Bristol, Conn., native is survived by fiancee Shayanna Jenkins and their four-year-old daughter, Avielle Janelle Jenkins-Hernandez. While his death has originally been seen as a suicide, there are those that believe it may have been murder since it made no sense for him to take his own life. If that ends up being the case, it could result in the New England Patriots having to pay the player's $2.5 million base salary and $3.25 signing bonus that were both withheld after his arrest in 2013. The Patriots also had no comment.

Members of the Patriots are scheduled to be honored at the White House on Wednesday for their Super Bowl LI victory over Atlanta.

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