Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez turns to look in the direction of the jury as he reacts to his double murder acquittal after the sixth day of jury deliberations at Suffolk Superior Court April 14. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)
Hernandez took his own life Wednesday morning at Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, MA. (Source: WFXT/CNN)
BOSTON, MA (RNN) - Disgraced former football player Aaron Hernandez has died in prison at the age of 27. He committed suicide in his cell, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections said.
Corrections officers found the former New England Patriot hanging in his cell at about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning at Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, MA, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.
He was serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Hernandez hung himself with a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window, and tried blocking the cell door with various items. He was housed in a single cell.