SHIRLEY, Mass. - Corrections officials confirmed that former Bristol resident Aaron Hernandez took his own life early this morning while in prison.
The 27-year-old Hernandez hung himself on a bed sheet five days after being acquitted in a double murder. The former NFL player was serving a life sentence in a third murder.
He was found hanging at 3:05 a.m., corrections officials said. He was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital at 4:07 a.m.
Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit in the maximum security state prison. He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window, Fallon said.
Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming the door with various items, Fallon said.
Fallon said he's not aware of any suicide note written by Hernandez and stressed that an investigation is ongoing. He said that officials had no concern that Hernandez was planning on taking his own life, and if there was a concern about his well-being, Hernandez would have been transferred to a mental health unit.
Hernandez was moved to tears on Friday after he was acquitted of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston. Just before his acquittal, Hernandez was seen blowing kisses to the little girl he fathered with fiancée Shayanna Jenkins. Cameras captured the tender exchange.
But, Hernandez was still serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his conviction in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.
Hernandez's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Hernandez's death comes the same day the Patriots are making their visit to the White House today to mark their Super Bowl win. Team spokesman Stacey James said the Patriots were aware of the reports of Hernandez's death but didn't anticipate the club commenting Wednesday.
Massachusetts State Police remain on the scene investigating the death.
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Associated Press contributed to this report