Former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez, (27) was found dead in his cell early Wednesday morning, two days after being cleared of two other murder charges. Hernandez was serving life in prison with no chance of parole for a murder conviction.
He was in a single cell in a maximum security state prison in Massachusetts. Guards found him to be dead around 3 am. The cause of his death was him hanging himself with a bed sheet and trying to block the inside of the door so no one could come in.
It was said that Hernandez was found with “John 3:16” written across his forehead. The verse John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
He was taken to the UMAss Memorial HealthAlliance Hospital where he was pronounced dead. There was no suicide note left behind and there was no indication that Hernandez was in any way feeling suicidal. Christopher Fallon a spokesman from the correction center said “officials had no concern that Hernandez was planning on taking his own life, if there was a concern about his well-being, Hernandez would have been transferred to a mental health unit.”
The family, friends and former teammates of Hernandez seem to find this unlikely for him, one even saying “it doesn’t add up.” In a statement from Hernandez’s lawyer Jose Baez he states that Aaron was looking forward for an opportunity to be found innocent and have a second chance at life.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick was talking to CNBC last week about Hernandez before Hernandez hung himself. He was asked to sum Hernandez up in one word. He replied with one word, “tragedy.” The day of his death also marked the day the Patriots were visiting the White House after winning the Super Bowl.
Questions will remain unanswered as to why Hernandez took his own life and while some believe that trouble had caught up to him, others don’t believe he did it. Authorities at the correctional facility are going to be conducting an investigation as well as the legal team and family of Aaron Hernandez.