In an unforeseen turn of events, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has hung himself in prison.
Recently Hernandez was acquitted in a double-murder case of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. However, he was still in a Massachusetts prison serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections he “was discovered hanged in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m.
“Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. by a physician at the hospital.
“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing. Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet 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.
“The Massachusetts State Police are on scene and the investigation continues. Mr. Hernandez’s next of kin have been notified.”
Hernandez was an incredible talent with the Patriots. He was named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate for the AFC team. He also made a Super Bowl appearance with the Patriots. Hernandez formed one of the strongest tandems that was ever seen in the NFL with Rob Gronkowski.
The pair of tight ends were the first pair at their position to catch at least five touchdowns each in consecutive seasons for the same team in NFL history. Together, they set a multitude of NFL records, including for yardage, receptions, and touchdowns by tight ends on one team, combining for 169 receptions, 2,237 yards, and 24 touchdowns.
Hernandez was 27 years old. He is survived by his girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and daughter Avielle Janelle Jenkins-Hernandez, who was born in November 2012.
(Top photo courtesy of Nancy Lane, AP)