Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Questions abound in aftermath of NFL star Hernandez's death

Questions abound in aftermath of NFL star Hernandez's death

Hernandez was locked in his cell around 8 p.m. Tuesday and no one entered until a correction officer observed him at 3:03 a.m. Wednesday and forced his way in, investigators said.

He was pronounced dead about an hour later at UMass-Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Correction.

MA prison officials said the 27-year old was found hanging in his prison cell early Wednesday.

Hernandez hanged himself with a bedsheet that he had attached to his cell window and attempts to revive him were not successful, Fallon said. It also says that he tried to block the door by jamming it with various items.

The discovery was surprising given Hernandez was not believed to be in a suicidal state and, just days prior, had been acquitted in a double homicide case.

Last week, Hernandez was found not guilty of two murders dating back to 2012.

"The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron's death".

Hernandez's death was "a shocking and sad end to a very tragic series of events that has negatively impacted a number of families", said Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, who prosecuted Hernandez in the Lloyd case.

Earlier this month, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez brought Avielle to court where Aaron Hernandez was on trial for the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence", he said. "Aaron Hernandez will go to his death an innocent man".

Authorities said that Hernandez, 27, did not leave a suicide note and was not under suicide watch at his MA prison, where he had been since his 2015 conviction of the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.

"It is unbelievable that they would engage in this type of conduct - especially when everyone is watching", Baez said.

Hernandez, who had been picked up by the New England Patriots as the 15th pick in the fourth round in 2010, was released from the team 90 minutes after his arrest for Lloyd's murder.

Baez believes Hernandez's death could actually be a murder and vows to launch a thorough investigation.

Why was Hernandez in prison? "His agent actually texted me and said he would never kill himself".

His former Patriots teammates visited the White House and met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday in honor of their Super Bowl win.

Hernandez had signed a contract extension which included a signing bonus of €11.6 million before the 2012 season, making him the best paid player ever in his tight end position.

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