After being found not guilty in a double-murder trial last week, some thought Aaron Hernandez would seek a re-trial in his other murder case, in which he's serving a life sentence.
However, the former Patriots tight end was found dead this morning in his prison cell, committing suicide at approximately 3 a.m.
The news was announced by the
“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement from corrections officials said. “Mr. Hernandez 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.”
Aaron Hernandez "hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window": pic.twitter.com/Pi2MHnYXXk— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 19, 2017
Hernandez was 27.
The former NFL star played three seasons in the NFL, all with the Patriots. In his short career, the star TE recorded 175 receptions for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns.
While in college, the 6-2, 250-pounder was a standout at the University of Florida, helping the team win an SEC title in 2008 and the National Championship in 2009. He was a fourth-round pick by New England in 2010 and looked destined for a terrific career. However, his off-the-field issues resulted in his fall from grace and shocking arrest in the 2013 offseason.
At the time of his suicide, Hernandez was serving a life sentence, without parole, for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.