NFL star found dead


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NFL: Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez is cleared of committing a double-murder, but remains in jail with a life sentence relating to a different murder trial

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

MASSACHUSETTS prison officials say former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself in his cell and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

An official with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections says Hernandez was found hanged in his cell just after 3am Wednesday, at the age of 27.

Authorities tried to revive the former New England Patriots tight end, and he was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial — HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster at 4:07am.


Prison officials say the Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

They say he hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window.

Authorities say Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.

Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fuelled by his anger over a drink spilt at a nightclub.

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