According to officials, Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star who was convicted of murder in 2015, killed himself in his prison cell on Wednesday morning.
Not on a suicide watch:
In a statement, Correction officials of the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, Massachusetts said that corrections officers found 27-years-old Hernandez hanging in his cell by around 3:05 a.m.
An hour later, he was pronounced dead.
Officials said that Hernandez was housed in a single cell in a general population housing unit. He hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window, he had also tried to block his door from the inside with several items.
An investigation into the matter is ongoing.
According to the Boston Globe, authorities hadn’t put him on a suicide watch and they haven’t found a suicide note in his cell yet. Hernandez hadn’t given any indication that he might try to take his own life, Department of Correction spokesperson Christopher Fallon said “If he had made any kind of statement, he would have not been in that unit.”
Hernandez was once a promising NFL player whose career came to an end after he was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, almost two years to the day of his death. In August 2013, Hernandez was arrested in connection with Lloyd’s death in June 2013.
Hernandez was found not guilty on April 14 in a double homicide other than the Lloyd case. However, in connection with Lloyd’s murder, he was already serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
A promising career that ended in tragedy:
Hernandez played three seasons with the Patriots. He scored 18 touchdowns and formed a strong tight end tandem with Rob Gronkowski. He also had two touchdowns in six playoff games which included eight catches for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLVI loss to the Giants.
This seemingly sky rocketing career came to a screeching halt when he was investigated by police in connection to Lloyd’s murder until they found that Hernandez was the trigger man. He was quickly cut by the Patriots from team before the 2013 season.
The Patriots haven’t yet commented on Hernandez’s death. The team should go to White House on Wednesday in honor of their Super Bowl LI victory.