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.
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.