By Tinuade Salami
Massachusetts Department of Correction official has announced the death of the former NFL
footballer Aaron Hernandez after when his lifeless body was discovered in his cell room on
It was gathered that Hernandez hanged himself at the Baranowski Correctional Center and was
pronounced dead later at hospital.
The former New England Patriots tight end was serving a life sentence for killing a man who was
dating his fiancee’s sister.
Last week he was acquitted of a drive-by double murder prosecutors said began over an
argument about a spilled drink.
Hernandez had cried in court as that verdict was read, saying he was “very happy”.
According to BBC, Massachusetts Department of Correction officials confirmed his death on
They said he had tried to block the door to his single cell prior to hanging himself.
Lifesaving techniques were performed on Hernandez and he was taken to UMASS Leominster
hospital where he was pronounced dead at 04:07 local time (08:07 GMT).
State police are on the scene and his next of kin have been notified, officials said.
Although Hernandez was acquitted of the double murder last week, he was found guilty of
illegally possessing a firearm and the judge added five years to his sentence.