SHIRLEY, MA. (NBC/AP) — Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his jail cell early on Wednesday morning.
The Massachusetts Department of Corrections confirms Hernandez hanged himself with a bed sheet in his cell. He was found at 3:05 a.m. on Wednesday and pronounced dead at UMass Leominster Hospital at 4:07 a.m.
Hernandez was 27 years old.
Prison officials say the Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts They say he hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window.
Officials say Hernandez tried to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.
Hernandez was just found not guilty on a double murder charge for the shooting deaths of two men.
He was already serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.