Former NFL star player, Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison

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[U.S]–Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez has killed himself at a prison in Massachusetts where he was serving a life sentence for murder.

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections revealed that the 27-year-old was found hanged  in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m on Wednesday morning.

A statement from Massachusetts prison authorities read that “ Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” adding that he “hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window.”

“Life-saving techniques were attempted on Hernandez and he was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4.07am,” the statement added.

Massachusetts State Police has now launched an investigation into the suicide at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Centre in the town of Shirley.

At the height of his career with the New England Patriots, currently Super Bowl champions, Hernandez was on a five-year contract worth $40m (£31m).

However, this deal was dropped by the team just hours after he was arrested for the 2013 murder of semi-professional footballer Odin Lloyd, for which he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Less than a week ago, a jury had cleared Hernandez of killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a 2012 drive-by shooting after a fight outside a nightclub in Boston’s South End.

Prosecutors had accused the former NFL star of shooting the men because his drink had been spilled inside the club.

Hernandez was acquitted on seven of the eight charges he had faced, and was only convicted on an illegal firearms charge.

Hernandez’s death comes five days after he was acquitted of murdering the two men.

Following the acquittal, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had described Hernandez’s fall from grace as a “tragedy”.

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