Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prison

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SHIRLEY, Mass. (WTNH)– Aaron Hernandez has committed suicide in prison Wednesday morning, according to the Massachusetts Department of Correction.

The former New England Patriot‘s star was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers at around 3:05 a.m. at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts.

Prison officials say that Hernandez  used a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window.  The 27-year-old also attempted to block his cell door from the inside by jamming various items in the door. The Bristol, Connecticut, native was in a single cell in the general prison population housing unit, according to a statement from the prison.

Related: Ex-NFL star Hernandez acquitted in Boston double murder

Lifesaving techniques were attempted and Hernandez was taken to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.

The incident remains under investigation by state police. Hernandez’s family has been notified.

Hernandez was a serving life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.  Hernandez had just been acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying of  Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Later Monday morning, the law firm of Jose Baez released the following statement regarding his death:

The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron’s death. There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible. Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death. We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation.

The Baez Law Firm will participate in its own examination into this tragic event and update the media and public on its findings when they become available.”

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