He was convicted of murder in 2013 and was serving a life sentence in the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, which was named for two prison workers who were killed in an escape attempt in 1972. The onetime tight end for the New England Patriots was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead about an hour later.
There were no prior concerns that Hernandez was suicidal, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Correction told ABC News.
The 22-year-old was said to be in the prison's health service unit, under a 24-hour "eyeball suicide watch".
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early, Jr., says detectives assigned to his office and the Department of Correction are investigating Hernandez's death.
Billy Kennedy, the attorney representing the victims' families, said Wednesday that the civil cases against Hernandez will move forward, despite the outcome of the criminal case and his subsequent death.
He was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in June 2013.
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According to the Boston Globe, Hernandez may have died an innocent man in the state of MA due to an archaic legal principle known as "abatement ab initio".
Fox25 in Boston reported that Hernandez also left a Bible in his cell open to that verse.
The post Infamous Ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez dead at 27 appeared first on Cover32. He tried to jam the cell door to prevent guards from opening it and hanged himself with a bedsheet tied to a window, Fallon said.
In a second tweet Anderson went on to insist that this unnamed player also said, "I'll never believe (Aaron Hernandez) went out that way".
West Coast rap veteran Snoop Dogg isn't celebrating or relieved about jailed former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez taking his own life. Prosecutors said he gunned them down after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub.
Herdandez was found not guilty for a 2012 double murder just five days prior to his death, fueling questions as to why he would have killed himself. However, a jury acquitted him of the 2012 double murder last Friday.
A prison spokesman told the Boston Globe that Hernandez had not been on a suicide watch and did not indicate that he meant to harm himself. "That was a positive thing in our minds", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol.