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Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prison

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 4/19/2017 By Aimee Ortiz and John R. Ellement

Aaron Hernandez: Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits in court during his murder trial Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd. © AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits in court during his murder trial Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd. Aaron Hernandez comitted suicide in prison Wednesday morning, the Department of Correction said.

According to a statement for the DOC, the former New England Patriot star was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement said. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet 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.”

State Police are investigating and his family has been notified.

The statement said Hernandez was transported to UMass Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. Wednesday.

Hernandez’s suicide comes five days after he was acquitted of murdering two men in Boston in 2012. However, he was still serving a life without parole sentence for murdering Odin L. Lloyd in North Attleborough in 2013.

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