Crime

Former football star Aaron Hernandez found dead in jail cell

By ELIZABETH KOH

ekoh@mcclatchy.com

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, who was serving life without parole for murder, committed suicide Wednesday morning in his cell, the Massachusetts Department of Correction said in a statement.

Hernandez, who was sentenced for the fatal 2013 shooting of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd, was found hanged in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts around 3:05 a.m. Corrections officers attempted to revive him and transported him to UMass Leominster, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to the statement.

The statement said state police were investigating the scene and that his family members were notified.

Hernandez was acquitted last week of two other murders that occurred in 2012, the Boston Globe reported.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated

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