Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end convicted of one murder and just recently acquitted of two more, has taken his own life in prison.
Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star who was convicted of murder in 2015, killed himself in his prison cell Wednesday morning, officials said.
Hernandez, 27, was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers around 3:05 a.m. at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, Massachusetts Department of Correction officials said in a statement.
He was pronounced dead an hour later.
Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit and hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window. He also tried blocking his door from the inside with various items, officials said.
An investigation was ongoing.
Hernandez was not on a suicide watch and authorities had yet to find any suicide note in his cell, The Boston Globe reported. Officials said Hernandez had given no indication he might try to take his own life.
Hernandez faced a life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of the murder of Odin Lloyd.
He was recently tried and found not guilty for the 2012 murders of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado in Boston, but was found guilty on a gun charge.
He also was the leading suspect in the shooting of Justin Glass and Corey Smith in 2007 in Gainesville, Florida, while he was a freshman at the University of Florida, but was never arrested.
Despite having a tremendous amount of on-field talent as a tight end, Hernandez was simply a violent thug off the field, prone to fits of rage, intimidation, and violence.