He was pronounced dead about an hour later at UMass-Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Correction.
Aaron Hernandez left notes to his 4-year-old daughter and his fiancee in the prison cell where he hung himself, the Herald has learned. The district attorney's office said investigators found cardboard jammed into the door tracks of Hernandez's cell to impede entry inside.
Hernandez had been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez, 27, was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m., Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death. Friday, Hernandez was acquitted in the double-murder case.
Hernandez's former agent, Brian Murphy, said on Twitter that he did not believe the athlete had killed himself.
Although Hernandez didn't leave behind any type of letter, it appears that he did take a marker and write something on his own body prior to his death.
Hernandez's family wanted his brain turned over to Boston University's CTE center, his attorney Jose Baez said. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence".
The Worcester County District Attorney's office has released a report regarding the death of Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday morning. The case will be investigated by the state police.
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The claim of responsibility came unusually swiftly for the group, which has been losing territory in Iraq and Syria. Dozens of vehicles from the emergency services were sent to the area, where a helicopter was also deployed.
Hernandez's shock suicide also came on the same day that his former teammates were honored at the White House for their recent Super Bowl win.
Addressing the victims' families, Ruskin said this apparent suicide isn't likely to bring them any long-term peace.
Many other questions remain unanswered, including why Hernandez would kill himself just days after the he was cleared of two murder charges.
His lawyer, the same man who got Casey Anthony off of a murder charge in 2011, represented the former National Football League star in his most recent trial for the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Prosecutors said he gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub.
Hernandez grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, and played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012.
(CNN) - Former New England Patriots star and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez is dead today.