FORMER NFL player,
Aaron Hernandez, has
killed himself at a prison
in Massachusetts where
he was serving a life
sentence for murder.
The Department of
Corrections said the
27-year-old was found
hanged in his cell just
after 3am local time on
Wednesday morning.
“Life-saving techniques
were attempted on
Hernandez and he was
transported to hospital
where he was pronounced
dead at 4.07am,” its
statement added.
Massachusetts State
Police has now launched
an investigation into
the suicide at the
Souza Baranowski
Correctional Centre
in the town of Shirley.
At the height of his
career with the New
England Patriots,
currently Super Bowl
champions, Hernandez
was on a five-year contract
worth $40m (£31m).
The tight end was
dropped by the team just
hours after he was arrested
for the 2013 murder of semiprofessional
Odin Lloyd, for which
he was sentenced to life
in prison without parole.
Less than a week ago, a
jury had cleared Hernandez
of killing Daniel de Abreu
and Safiro Furtado in a 2012
drive-by shooting after a
fight outside a nightclub
in Boston’s South End.
Hernandez was acquitted
on seven of the eight
charges he had faced, and
was only convicted on an
illegal firearms charge.
Prosecutors had accused
the former NFL star of
shooting the men because
his drink had been
spilled inside the club Following the acquittal,
Patriots head coach Bill
Belichick had described
Hernandez’s fall from
grace as a “tragedy”.

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