Former Patriot player Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in jail cell

(Matt Stone/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File).

The former New England Patriots player, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers. Imagine what Aaron Hernandez could have been. It has more than 1,000 cells. His body was discovered at 3:05 a.m. The former National Football League star was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later.

Hernandez's attorneys had appealed for a new trial in the Lloyd case.

The 27-year-old had taken his own life reportedly using his bedsheet, MA prison authorities say.

Authorities opened an investigation into the death.

Here is the full statement from the Department of Corrections.

Massachusetts State Police are at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center investigating the incident.

An autopsy will be performed in Boston to determine the "cause and manner of death", according to a statement released by Worcester County DA Joseph Early.

Disgraced former football player Aaron Hernandez has died in prison at the age of 27.

Convicted murderer and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his MA prison cell on the morning of Wednesday, April 19, just days after he was acquitted in a separate murder case.

Fallon said he was not aware of any suicide note. A prosecutor says Hernandez was angry because de Abreu accidentally bumped into him at a nightclub while dancing, spilling his drink. He was convicted and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. He was acquitted on Friday of a 2012 double homicide in Boston. He committed suicide in his cell, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections said.

The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial- HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later. He tied one end of a bedsheet to a window and tried to jam the cell door to prevent guards from opening it, Fallon said.

His death comes just days after he was acquitted of a double murder and on the same day the Patriots were set to visit the White House to mark their Super Bowl win.

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