Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Ex-Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez Dead After Hanging Self In Cell

Ex-Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez Dead After Hanging Self In Cell

Hernandez's appellate attorney, John M. Thompson, said in a telephone interview Wednesday that he will file the appropriate paperwork once a death certificate is available.

"Absolutely no chance he took his own life", Hernandez's former agent, Brian Murphy, wrote on Twitter.

Thompson, citing lawyer-client privilege, declined to say when he last met with Hernandez.

User @TheKurgam316 said, "I see a lot of people celebrating Aaron Hernandez death". The team has not officially commented on his passing.

In his short three-year career, Hernandez totaled 175 receptions, 1,956 receiving yards, and 18 receiving touchdowns.

But, Hernandez was still serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his conviction in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating his fiancee's sister. His death came less than a week after he acquitted of murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012.

As Hernandez waited last week during jury deliberations, he waved and blew kisses to his daughter in the courtroom.

"I saw a closeness with them that I'd never seen before", Montgomery said of the relationship between Hernandez and his father.

Current and former National Football League players were shocked by the death of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday morning.

January 1, 2012: He sets a career best with 138 receiving yards in a win over Buffalo. Daniel and Safiro were killed in Boston's South End when gunshots were fired into their vehicle. Bradley files a lawsuit alleging that Hernandez shot him after they argued at a strip club.

On June 17th, 2013, a jogger found a body riddled with gunshot wounds at an industrial park in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. He later pleads not guilty. The Patriots release him hours after his arrest.

Some NFL players also took to the social media site to say "rest in peace" to Hernandez.

Prosecutors said he gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub.

Jose Baez, an attorney for Hernandez, has been retained by the athlete's family to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death and will act as the executor of his estate, according to a statement from Baez.

His 2015 conviction had cemented a spectacular fall from grace for Hernandez, who once had a $40 million, five-year contract with the Patriots. The trial began March 1, 2017.

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