Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prison


Hernandez was then transported to UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.

"That's what the initial reaction should be", NFL Agent and criminal attorney Tiffany Porter said in regards to the questioning of if Hernandez committed suicide. He had allegedly hanged himself with a bed sheet.

Hernandez apparently jammed the door to prevent officers from entering, didn't leave a suicide note and wasn't on suicide watch because he didn't appear to be at risk, according to prison officials.

Fox25 in Boston reported that Hernandez also left a Bible in his cell open to that verse.

Hernandez was also recently tried for another violent crime - the drive-by shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in 2012.

On April 14, Hernandez was acquitted of a double murder prosecutors said was motivated by Hernandez's anger over a spilled drink at a nightclub in 2012.

"Absolutely no chance he took his own life", Murphy said. "Chico [Hernandez] was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life".

"The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron's death", Baez said in a statement to the Boston Herald.

"I just think it got to him - the guilt", said Mixson Philip, 55. "He was friends with some of his cell mates when he was in prison". He was a world-class athlete whose name was very, very well-known in MA.

There have been several other inmate suicides at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, several attacks on prison staff and several instances of inmate-on-inmate violence.

It's unclear how Hernandez would've gotten the phony drugs, but investigators have been questioning a close friend of his, who apparently was the last to see the former New England Patriot. Many were searching for an explanation to the tragic end of a young man whose football skills at one point earned him a five-year, $40 million contract extension with the NFL's top franchise.

In 2015, Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013. He was convicted and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Hernandez was acquitted on seven of the eight charges he had faced, and was only convicted on an illegal firearms charge.

He had his daughter with Shayanna Jenkins, who he began dating in 2007.

Psychotherapist Dr. Karen Ruskin said it's hard to know what was going through Hernandez's mind leading up to his death.

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

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