Former NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison Cell
April 19, 2017
The once tight-end for the New England Patriots, Aaron Hernandez, committed suicide early Wednesday morning, according to the Department of Correction.
A statement from the department said the former Patriot was found hanging by a “bedsheet that he attached to his cell window” at approximately 3:05 am at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass.
Hernandez was transported to the UMass Leominster hospital and was pronounced dead at 4:07 am, according to the statement.
Christopher Fallon, spokesman for the Department of Correction, said there was no indication that he was considering hurting himself so he was not on suicide watch.
“If he had made any kind of statement,” Fallon said “he would have not been in that unit.”
Fallon also told the Associated Press that investigators are searching the unit to see if Hernandez possibly left a suicide note.
Just five days ago Hernandez was acquitted of murdering two men in 2012. He was still serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for another murder that happened in 2013, however.
The terrible news comes on the day Hernandez’s former team, the New England Patriots, are set to visit the White House for winning the Super Bowl. Whether the heartbreak of seeing his old team continue succeed factored in or not is a question that’ll remain.
Hernandez had signed a five-year, $40 million contract in 2012. He was only able to play one season before his world started falling apart.
Drafted at 22, multimillionaire at 23, convicted of murder at 25, gone at 27. As ESPN NFL analyst Adam Schefter put it: “From beginning to end, this was a tragedy.”