Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez hangs self in MA prison cell

Facing life in prison, former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell early Friday morning. Hernandez was acquitted of those crimes on Friday, but hanged himself in his prison early Wednesday, April 19, 2017, where he was serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

Guards found Hernandez shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Shirley, Correction Department spokesman Christopher Fallon said. The 27-year-old was rushed to UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, where he was pronounced dead an hour later. He also tried to block his cell door from the inside by jamming items in the door.

"Aaron's not a killer, "his lawyer, Jose Baez, said last week". Hernandez was acquitted just days ago of the 2012 shootings of two other men in Boston. The most famous one was the strangulation of convicted pedophile priest John Geoghan (GAY'-gehn) by another prisoner.

The death of the former New England Patriots tight end Wednesday will nearly certainly lead to the expungement of his 2015 first-degree murder conviction for the slaying of Odin Lloyd since the case was still under appeal in MA. Massachusetts State Police officers have launched an investigation into his death.

August 27, 2012: Hernandez signs a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots. "I had never been involved in a case with so much reasonable doubt".

A jogger found Lloyd's gunshot-riddled body in a MA industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home on June 17, 2013.

A native of Bristol, Connecticut, he played college ball at the University of Florida, helping the team win a national championship under coach urban Meyer. He was found guilty of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Hernandez's former agent has claimed there is "no chance" the former star committed suicide.

The 2015 conviction cemented a spectacular fall from grace for Hernandez, who once had a $40 million, five-year contract with the Patriots. "Right away I knew I wasn't going because it was something I thought about before we'd even won the game".

May 28, 2014: Hernandez pleads not guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of de Abreu and Furtado. You've got a heart.

Jenkins is the younger sister of Shayanna, who was engaged to Hernandez at the time and is the mother of his young daughter.

  • Loretta Pittman