Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and his death was found in the hospital, the Massachusetts prison authorities said on Wednesday.
He was 27 years old.
An official revealed that Hernandez was found hanging in his cell just after 3 pm on Wednesday. His death was reported at UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital at 04:07.
Hernandez was alone in a cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. He would have hung himself with a sheet attached to the window.
Officials add that he had tried to block the door of his cell with various objects.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a murder committed in 2013. He was acquitted on Friday of a double murder committed in 2012 after a quarrel in a nightclub.