Aaron Hernandez dead in apparent prison suicide

Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez listens during a pretrial hearing at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Hernandez, who is serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, appeared with his lawyers before for his upcoming trial, where he is charged in the 2012 slayings of two men outside a Boston nightclub. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

SHIRLEY, Mass. (WTNH)– Aaron Hernandez has committed suicide in prison Wednesday morning, according to the Massachusetts Department of Correction.

The former New England Patriot‘s star was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers at around 3:05 a.m. at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts.

Prison officials say that Hernandez  used a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window.  The 27-year-old also attempted to block his cell door from the inside by jamming various items in the door. The Bristol, Connecticut, native was in a single cell in the general prison population housing unit, according to a statement from the prison.

Related: Ex-NFL star Hernandez acquitted in Boston double murder

Lifesaving techniques were attempted and Hernandez was taken to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.

The incident remains under investigation by state police. Hernandez’s family has been notified.

Hernandez was a serving life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.  Hernandez had just been acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying of  Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

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