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Posted at: Apr 20, 2017, 12:49 AM; last updated: Apr 20, 2017, 12:49 AM (IST)

Ex-NFL star commits suicide in prison

Washington, April 19

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself on Wednesday in a prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, prison officials said.

The body of the 27-year-old former athlete was found hanging from a bedsheet at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance but on Friday had been found not guilty of killing two other people.

State police were investigating the circumstances of the death of the former rising star in the National Football League, and a coroner was performing an autopsy on Wednesday.

“There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible," said lawyer Jose Baez, who successfully defended Hernandez in the double-murder trial. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence."  — Reuters

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