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Less than a week after he was acquitted in a double-homicide trial in Boston, former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell. According to a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Correction, Souza Baranowski Correctional Center staff found Hernandez hanging early this morning. He was transported to UMass Memorial in Leominster where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, at 4:07 a.m.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence, without the chance for parole, for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd in 2013. According to the Boston Globe, investigators have been searching his cell but have yet to find a suicide note or any other clue that he planned to hang himself. Christopher Fallon, a DOC spokesman, said Hernandez was in the general population unit, and not on suicide watch, because he had not given any indication that he was a risk to himself. Fallon said “If he had made any kind of statement, he would have not been in that unit.”
Hernandez’s former team, the New England Patriots, will be visiting the White House this afternoon to celebrate their recent Super Bowl victory. Exactly one week ago today, Hernandez’s four-year-old daughter made a surprise appearance to court as a jury continued to deliberate in the double-murder case.