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Aaron Hernandez’s death officially ruled a suicide after autopsy

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 4/20/2017 KEVIN ARMSTRONG

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez looks toward the gallery during his murder trial in Fall River, Mass., on March 20, 2015. © REUTERS/CJ Gunther/Pool/File Photo Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez looks toward the gallery during his murder trial in Fall River, Mass., on March 20, 2015. BOSTON -- Aaron Hernandez, the convicted murderer and former New England Patriot, committed suicide in his prison cell nearly five days after he was acquitted of a double homicide in Suffolk Superior Court, according to his autopsy.

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields performed an autopsy on Hernandez Wednesday and concluded Thursday that the manner of death was suicide and the cause asphyxia by hanging.

There were no signs of struggle, per Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Early Jr. stated that Hernandez was locked in his cell about 8 p.m. on Tuesday. No one entered the cell until a correction officer observed him at 3:03 a.m. and forced his way through a door that was impeded by cardboard jammed in the tracks.

The cell was processed by State Police Detectives and Crime Scene Service Troopers. Investigators found three hand-written notes next to a Bible in the cell.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence after being convicted of first-degree murder in 2015 for the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Mass.

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