Former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez is dead
He was found hanging in his jail cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., on Wednesday morning
Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence after his conviction for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd in 2013
He was acquitted in his second murder trial last week, for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado
The late footballer leaves behind his mother Terri, his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins and four-year-old daughter Avielle
The former pro-bowler was one of the most successful and highest paid players in the NFL before his murder conviction
His attorney Jose Baez echoed his family’s claim that his client was murdered
The alleged suicide coincides with his former Patriots teammates visiting the White House to mark their Super Bowl victory
An upbeat Aaron Hernandez blows a kiss to his family during his last murder trial
Tight-end Aaron Hernandez [left], and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the 2010 Superbowl championship run in
The meteoric rise and fall of onetime New England Patriots tight-end, Aaron Hernandez, came to a crashing halt Wednesday morning. Hernandez allegedly hung himself inside his jail cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts.
The former Patriot’s suicide just days after he was acquitted of a 2012 double murder, comes on the same day that his former teammates are scheduled to be honored at the White House for their recent Super Bowl win. He reportedly, did not leave a note.
Before his conviction in the death of his one time friend, Odin Loyd, the former tight end and father of a four-year-old daughter was one of the brightest stars in the NFL after he was selected by Bill Belichick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
However all of that unraveled when he was sentenced to serving life in prison without parole for the shooting death of semi-professional football player Lloyd, in 2013.
Former New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez sits through a second murder trial
Hernandez is seen holding a gun in a 2009 photo, as if to confirm his reputation as a revenge thirsty hothead
‘On April 19, 2017 Aaron Hernandez 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,’ said Fallon.
‘Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit. 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.’
A spokesperson for the Patriots said that the team would not be commenting on Hernandez’s death at this time, stating: ‘We are aware of the reports, but I don’t anticipate that we will be commenting today.’
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At 20 years old, he started the 2010 season as the youngest player on any active roster in the NFL.
He was selected by the team in the fourth round of the NFL draft that year and quickly proved to be one to watch in the league.
Hernandez celebrates with teammates at Univ of Florida after beating top-ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship bowl
In his first two seasons with the Patriots he proved to be such an asset that he was signed to a five year contract extension in August 2012 worth a staggering $40million – just one month after the murders of Abreu and Furtado.
That bonus came after his commanding performance in the 2012 Super Bowl earlier that year, during which he scored a touchdown and lead the team in yards despite their loss to the New York Giants.
Hernandez’s 2012 season was his best yet, and he seemed to have everything going for him as he and fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski proved to be a red-hot tandem, both league leaders in yards, receptions and touchdowns that season.
Hernandez was accused of killing Daniel de Abreu [left], and Safiro Furtado [right], in a drive-by shooting in July 2012 in Boston’s South End after an altercation outside a night club A visibly emotional Hernandez braces for the verdict in the murder trila where he was accused of of killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting in July 2012
Shayanna Jenkins and the couple’s four-year-old daughter were in court last Wednesday when Hernandez was acquired in the double-murder case
The football star was reduced to tears in that moment when a jury declared him not guilty in the death of the two men, who the prosecution had argued were murdered by Hernandez for spilling a drink on the football star.
Soon after, it was reported that Hernandez would be appealing his initial murder conviction in hopes of having his life sentence commuted.
Hernandez was arrested in June 2013 for the murder of his onetime friend and brother-in-law, Odin Lloyd
Relief: Aaron Hernandez hangs his head weeping on Friday, as he is found not guilty of double homicide. The jury cleared him of killing two men in Boston in 2012
In the wake of his suicide, his conviction for the murder of Lloyd will now be vacated because he was still in the process of appealing that decision thanks to a principal known as abatement ab initio.
This means that none of the evidence in that case can be used in any civil lawsuit filed against his estate by members of Lloyd’s family, leaving whatever is left of his millions to his young daughter.