Former NFL superstar Aaron Henandez was found by correctional guards hanging in his cell Wednesday from an apparent suicide. Hernandez, who received a life sentence without parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Loyd, was acquitted last week in a separate double-murder case.
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Massachusetts prison official, Christopher Fallon, explained that guards found Hernandez in his maximum security single prison cell shortly after 3 a.m. He used his bed sheet to hang himself from the window sill and barricaded himself in his cell using various objects to block the door.
The 27-year-old New England Patriot tight end was rushed to UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster where he was pronounced dead.
Officials say Hernandez was not considered to be a suicide risk, and they found no suicide note. There will a further investigate into the cause of death, according to Fallon’s interview.
The family and Hernandez’s legal team were surprised by the news. His lead lawyer, Jose Baez, issued a statement on the startling death of his client.
“There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible. Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence,” he said.
Hernandez’s former agent isn’t buying the suicide. Shortly after the news broke Wednesday morning, Brian Murphy was contacted by the media for comment. He told them there was “absolutely no chance” the star tight end took his own life.
Last Friday Hernandez was acquitted of the 2012 double murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston. Both the men’s families and investigators speculated that Hernandez killed the men after they bumped into him at a club and spilled his drink.
Hernandez was a highly sought after recruit coming out of high school but was shadowed by a checkered past. Eventually, he was given a scholarship to the University of Florida where he excelled and became one of the best tight ends in college.
Once again, his questionable decisions followed him to the NFL where he was a 1st round talent but wasn’t taken until the 4th round because of his off the field issues. Hernandez had just signed a $43 million dollar contract extension with the Patriots when he was arrested for the murder of Loyd.