Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who was serving a life sentence for murder without the possibility of parole, hanged himself in himself in his prison cell, Massachusetts Department of Corrections officials say.
Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet at about 3:00 AM this morning Wednesday. He was taken to UMass Memorial Health Alliance Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Hernandez’s death ends a stunning fall from grace of a star star athlete and comes on the very day when the Patriots are visiting the White House to celebrate their victory in Super Bowl LI. The Patriots cut him only hours after his June 26, 2013, arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was a linebacker for the Boston Bandits, a semi-pro football team. At the time of his death, Lloyd was dating Shaneah Jenkins, the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
The murder of Lloyd occurred less than a year after he signed a seven-year, $40 million contract extension with the Patriots that included a $12.5 million bonus that was the highest ever for a tight end. A former University of Florida staffer said in 2014.
“He was really intelligent, and that’s why he was such a pain in the [butt]. He knew how to beat the system on everything.”
Aaron Hernandez was 27. (via Washington Post)