Former NFL footballer Aaron Hernandez has been found dead in his cell in Massachusetts, officials say.
Hernandez hanged himself at the Baranowski Correctional Center and was pronounced dead later at hospital.
The former New England Patriots tight end was serving a life sentence for killing a man who was dating his fiancee’s sister.
According to a statement from the department, the former New England Patriots star was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., at approximately 3:05 a.m
“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement said. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet 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.”
Last week he was acquitted of a drive-by double murder prosecutors said began over an argument about a spilled drink.