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Aaron Hernandez was considered one of the all-time greatest tight ends in the NFL. He inked a $40 million-dollar contract with the New England Patriots in 2012. But fame and success was cut short when Hernandez was convicted in the death of Odin Lloyd in 2013. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On April 19, 2017, the 27-year-old former pro athlete was found hanging in his cell.
Oxygen's new docu-series “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered” looks into the sudden suicide of Aaron Hernandez with unprecedented access and insights from those that knew him. The two part docu-series delves into Hernandez's physical and mental state leading into his death. The series premieres March 17 at 7/6c on Oxygen.
The death of Aaron Hernandez rocked the world of sports. Here's how 7 athletic stars reacted to the news on social media.
"Waking up to terrible news. If you have a chance to right your wrongs. Please jump at the opportunity turn over a new leaf and live!," tweeted defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.
The sudden nature of the death especially affected cornerback Ike Taylor. "...something doesn't feel right about him committing suicide..." he tweeted.
Linebacker LaRoy Reynolds found solace and comfort in the tragic incident by referencing spirituality.
Phillip Tanner, a running back, tweeted a message about depression awareness, underscoring that it can affect even celebrities and sports stars.
When Hernandez died, he left behind a fiance, Shayanna Jenkins, and young daughter named Avielle. Both wide receiver Donte Stallworth and guard Max Garcia paid their respects to his family.
"Condolences to the Hernandez family, they've endured plenty these last few years," he shared.
Hernandez is remembered for many things but there's no doubt that he enjoyed much success throughout his sports career. Running back Joique Bell referenced his promising future in his condolences. "Sad to hear about Aaron Hernandez. Promising future to a tragic end. prayers to his family."
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