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Aaron Hernandez Found Hanged In Prison Cell

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found hanged in his prison cell by corrections officers early Wednesday.

"Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window," Christopher M. Fallon of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections said in a statement obtained by NPR member station WBUR. "Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items."

Hernandez was found in his single cell in general population at about 3:05 a.m., Fallon said. After corrections officers attempted lifesaving techniques, he was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.

Massachusetts State Police are investigating, Fallon added.

He was serving a life sentence at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., for killing the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister in 2013. A jury unanimously convicted him of first-degree murder in 2015, as The Two-Way reported.

Last Friday, Hernandez was acquitted of separate murder charges over the 2012 killing of two men outside a Boston nightclub. But the jury found him guilty of illegal weapons possession and sentenced him to four to five years in prison.

This is on the same day that President Trump is hosting the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at an event at the White House.

"Team spokesman Stacey James said the Patriots were aware of the reports of Aaron 's death but didn't anticipate the club commenting Wednesday," according to The Associated Press.

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