Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in his prison cell

The team released him in June 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

The body of the 27-year-old former athlete was found hanging from a bed sheet at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

Chilling new details of Aaron Hernandez' prison death scene will only complicate the investigation into his reported suicide.

Hernandez's attorneys can move to have the conviction in the Lloyd case erased, said Martin Healy, chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Bar Association.

At the height of his career with the New England Patriots, now Super Bowl champions, Hernandez was on a five-year contract worth $40m (£31m).

His death came hours before his former New England Patriots teammates visited the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.

Hernandez had been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez's attorney, Jose Baez, said his firm also will launch its own investigation.

Baez's surprise that Hernandez would actually commit suicide is shared by the former tight end's representative, Brian Murphy, who couldn't make sense of the news because he thought it was something Hernandez would never do. Otherwise, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit, Fallon said. Authorities say the pair stayed on the phone until the 8 p.m. lockdown at the maximum-security prison where he was serving a life sentence for murder.

Witnesses at Hernandez's two murder trials painted a picture of a troubled man who often used illegal narcotics and at times believed strangers were challenging or disrespecting him.

The life of Aaron Hernandez is over, but the story of his impact is just beginning. According to ESPN's Roger Cossack, Hernandez's legal team can file motions to vacate the conviction through a legal rule called "abatement ab initio". A lawyer who represents Lloyd's mother said she's moving forward with a wrongful-death lawsuit against Hernandez's estate, which includes a home valued at $1.3 million.

"Basically what this means for Aaron Hernandez is that he will have in fact died an innocent man", Healy said. Hernandez grew up in CT and played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012.

Baez declined to say whether he or the family believed brain damage from Hernandez's playing days led him to kill himself.

"Especially after him getting acquitted of the double murder".

"I know if Aaron was here one more day he would have said he loves you", he wrote.

  • Lila Blake