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Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez dead after hanging self in cell


Aaron Hernandez died by suicide Wednesday, less than a week after a jury cleared him of committing a double murder in 2012.

Officials at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in MA found Hernandez hanged in his prison cell by a bedsheet early Wednesday morning. FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 1, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) tries to break free of Buffalo Bills linebacker Chris Kelsay (90) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in.

The child molestation conviction of former Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan, a key figure in the clergy sex abuse scandal that rocked the Boston archdiocese, was vacated after he was beaten to death in 2003 in his cell at the same MA maximum-security prison. He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window, Fallon said.

Hernandez attempted to barricade his cell door with various items.

The former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer committed suicide early Wednesday morning and that final act may set off a long string of legal challenges and financial squabbles.

Hernandez committed suicide on Wednesday morning according to the state corrections department in MA.

Once the news broke, National Football League agent Brian Murphy, who once represented Hernandez with the agency Athletes First, jumped to his Twitter account to dismiss the official cause of death. Cugno says he and other Hernandez pals can't believe he took his own life.


Hernandez was found by guards hanged with a bedsheet at about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the Boston Globe, Hernandez may have died an innocent man in the state of MA due to an archaic legal principle known as "abatement ab initio". The team's owner, Robert Kraft, and coach, Bill Belichick did not address Hernandez's death in their remarks and players declined to comment on it.

The Worcester County district attorney's office and the Correction Department were investigating, and Massachusetts' chief medical examiner was conducting an autopsy.

August 27, 2012: Hernandez signs a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots after another strong season.

He had his daughter with Shayanna Jenkins, who he began dating in 2007.

As she left the court room, Jenkins would only say, "I am very, very happy" according to reporters there.

Quarterback Tom Brady, the team's best-known player, did not attend the White House event due to family commitments, local media reported, citing a statement from the self-described friend of Trump. "Keep smiling because I know Aaron and Dad are both smiling down on you (and) us right now".

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