Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Killed Himself With Prison Bed Sheet

He was acquitted just last week of a double murder. 

By Gina Tron

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has committed suicide in his jail cell.

According to a FOX affiliate, jail officials confirmed his death Wednesday morning. He was found hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, according to the Boston Globe.

Just last week, Hernandez was acquitted for a 2012 double murder. But, he was already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder.

Officials released this statement on the suicide Wednesday morning:

"On April 19, 2017, Aaron Hernandez was discovered hanged in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m., lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. by a physician at the hospital. Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit. Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items. The Massachusetts State Police are on scene and the investigation continues. Mr. Hernandez's next of kin have been notified."

[Photo:NBC Miami]

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