Former Florida football player Aaron Hernandez, 27, was found dead in his prison cell early Wednesday morning.
The Massachusetts Department of Correction said in a statement Wednesday that Hernandez hanged himself in his cell at Souza Baranowski Correctional Center around 3:05 a.m. The statement said Hernandez used a bed sheet attached to the window in his cell and that he had attempted to block the door.
Serving a life sentence for murder, Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself, per Mass Dept of Corrections. pic.twitter.com/NmnwMkt2kK
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Hernandez had been serving a life sentence since 2013 for the murder of Odin Lloyd. On Friday, he was found not guilty of two murders that occurred in 2012.
The former Florida Gator had been charged with the murders of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu. Prosecutors claimed Hernandez killed both men in a drive-by shooting after one of them allegedly bumped into Hernandez and spilled his drink at a Boston club.
The prosecution used prison phone conversations with his former Florida teammate, Mike Pouncey, as evidence in the case.
After six days of deliberations, a jury found Hernandez not guilty on two murder charges, as well as three counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and one count of witness intimidation. He was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Hernandez played at Florida from 2007-2009. The New England Patriots selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.