Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez passed away early Wednesday morning after hanging himself in his prison cell.
In case you forgot, the former New England Patriots tight end was convicted back in 2015 for murdering Odin Lloyd. However, the disgraced footballer was JUST acquitted in a double murder case and his lawyer was confident that Hernandez’s other murder conviction would be overturned. Thus, many sports fans are shocked to hear that Aaron has taken his own life.
It’s said the American athlete was found unresponsive in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, MA around 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning. A statement from the state Department of Correction revealed:
“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit. [He] 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.”
Reportedly, upon discovering Aaron’s body, the correction center had Hernandez rushed to UMass Leominster hospital. The scandalized athlete was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. He was only 27 years old.
Despite Aaron’s lawyer’s belief they’d get his murder conviction overturned, things were still pretty gloomy for the University Of Florida alum as he was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Both the Massachusetts State Police and prison plan to do a formal investigation into Aaron’s passing.
Regardless, the coroner has since classified Hernandez’s death as a suicide. Stay tuned for more details as this story is developing.
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