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Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Dead in Apparent Prison Suicide


Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his cell early Wednesday morning, officials say. The Massachusetts Department of Corrections said in a statement that Hernandez, who was found not guilty in a double murder trial last week,  was discovered hanging in his cell at a Massachusetts facility just after 3:00 am.

While he was acquitted of most charges related to the deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safir Furtado after a recent trial, Hernandez was already serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin L. Lloyd.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement from corrections officials said. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet 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.”

Hernandez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 am.

Police are still investigating Hernandez’s death. will provide additional details, should they become available.

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