Aaron Hernandez

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell. According to reports, the former NFL player hung himself with sheets and blocked entry to his cell in order to commit suicide.

Correction officers discovered Hernandez hanged by a bed sheet attached to his cell window at about 3:05 a.m., said Christopher M. Fallon, assistant deputy commissioner of communications for the state Department of Correction. The former football star had attempted to “block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items,” Fallon said in a statement.

“Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. by a physician at the hospital.

The former Patriots tight end was serving a life sentence for murder.

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