Popular Ex Footballer Found Hanging Inside Prison Cell

A lawyer who represents the mother of the man former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of killing says she's moving forward with a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Authorities offered few answers after Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in MA, where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend. Hernandez then became the first Gator to win the John Mackey Award, given annually to the NCAA's best tight end. And while the investigation into Hernandez's death is ongoing, law-enforcement officials are looking into whether Hernandez smoked a synthetic marijuana known as K2 just hours before he died, according to the report.

Massachusetts state police have launched an investigation into Hernandez's death, which authorities say occurred early Wednesday at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. A lawyer who represents Lloyd's mother said she's moving forward with a wrongful-death lawsuit against Hernandez's estate. As the jury was deliberating last week, cameras spied Hernandez blowing kisses to the young daughter he fathered with fiancée Shayanna Jenkins.

WATCH: Aaron Hernandez was on trial for two counts of first-degree murder in the shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Hernandez was serving a sentence of life in prison without parole for murdering Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, in June 2013.

Abatement ab initio means "from the beginning", Healy said, and it means that upon a person's death if they have not exhausted their legal appeals, their case reverts to its status at the beginning - it's as if the trial and conviction never happened.

He was found guilty on one charge, and that was for unlawful gun possession and was sentenced to four-to-five years in state prison for that.

It's unclear how Hernandez would've gotten the phony drugs, but investigators have been questioning a close friend of his, who apparently was the last to see the former New England Patriot.

John M. Thompson, the attorney handling Hernandez's appeal in the 2013 murder case, also said Hernandez's death should be "carefully and thoroughly investigated". "Each man has to live with himself".

In his three years with the Patriots, Hernandez scored 20 touchdowns and appeared in Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.

"His agent actually texted me and said he would never kill himself". "Especially after him getting acquitted of the double murder. That was a positive thing in our minds". "It just doesn't add up".

Hernandez was acquitted just days ago of the 2012 shootings of two other men in Boston. Text HOME to 741741 for a Crisis Text Line.

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