Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in his prison cell

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MA authorities say Aaron Hernandez killed himself in his prison cell Wednesday morning.

FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 1, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) tries to break free of Buffalo Bills linebacker Chris Kelsay (90) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell Wednesday, April 19, 2017, MA prisons officials said.

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Walker said most inmates at Souza-Baranowski spend 19 hours in their cells every day.

He may have also smoked some synthetic marijuana, known as "K2", in his cell the night before, the outlet reports.

The 27-year-old former National Football League star was found by guards hanged with a bedsheet at about 3 a.m. Wednesday and was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later.

Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit.

Between 2001 and 2014, 47 inmates in MA state prisons committed suicide, according to the report.

Hernandez's family and legal team said they were "shocked" by his death, calling for a transparent and thorough investigation.

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Details have continued to emerge regarding the discovery of Aaron Hernandez's body, and the condition in which he was found.

"There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible", said a statement released by his lawyer Jose Baez.

The civil case against Hernandez is also likely to be dropped, he said.

Friends also were grieving in CT, where Hernandez was raised.

He isn't the first inmate to have taken his life at the maximum security prison.

On Friday (14 April), a Boston jury found Hernandez not guilty of the 2012 deaths of two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. He was serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend.

Thirty out of every 100,000 inmates in MA state prisons died by suicide from 2000 through 2013, according to the most recent data available from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The prison suicide of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez stunned football fans on Wednesday but for inmate advocates it was the latest evidence of a deep-rooted problem - the high rate of prison suicides in the state. That move could be challenged by the Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M Quinn III's office or the Lloyd family.

Hernandez's appellate attorney, John M Thompson, told the Globe he would file to vacate the conviction.

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