Many are in disbelief that 27 year old Aaron Hernandez is now dead. The former New England Patriots player had just been acquitted of a double murder days ago and was found Wednesday dead in his cell.
The former NFL tight end had hanged himself in his prison cell early Wednesday according to Massachusetts prisons officials.
Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement that guards found Hernandez unresponsive in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m. He was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.
According to Fallon, Hernandez used a bed sheet that he had attached to his single cell window and had tried blocking the door with various items.
Fallon is not aware of any suicide note if there is one, but said the investigation is ongoing.
“The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron’s death,” Hernandez’s lawyer Jose Baez said in a statement.
“There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible. Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death. We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation.
The Baez Law Firm will participate in its own examination into this tragic event and update the media and public on its findings when they become available.”
Hernandez’s former agent, Brian Murphy, said Wednesday morning there was “absolutely no chance” Hernandez took his own life.
“Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him, and he would never take his own life.”
Despite the acquittal a few days ago, Hernandez was still serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his conviction in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd.
Lloyd was a a semiprofessional football player who was dating Jenkins-Hernandez’s sister at the time.