Former American football star Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday was found dead in prison, where he is serving a life sentence for murder, after committing suicide, prison officials said.
Hernandez was discovered hanging in his cell by corrections officers in Shirley, Massachusetts at approximately 3:05am Wednesday, a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Correction said.
“Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window,” the statement said. “Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”
According to the statement lifesaving techniques were administered to the former New England Patriots tight end. He was transported to a Massachusetts hospital where a physician pronounced him dead at approximately 4:07am (0807 GMT).
The inmate was in a single cell in general population housing. Police are at the scene and an investigation is underway.
Hernandez’s suicide comes five days after he was cleared of killing two men in Boston in 2012. He was 27 years old.
The ex-NFL star was already serving a life in prison without parole for murdering Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, in June 2013.
His 2015 conviction had cemented a spectacular fall from grace for Hernandez, who once had a $40 million, five-year contract with the Patriots.