Ex-NFL star Aaron Her­nan­dez dead af­ter hang­ing self in cell

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Mas­sachusetts prison of­fi­cials say former NFL star Aaron Her­nan­dez has hanged him­self in his cell and pro­nounced dead at a hospi­tal. He was 27. An of­fi­cial with the Mas­sachusetts Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions says Her­nan­dez was found hanged in his cell just af­ter 3 a.m. Wed­nes­day. Au­thor­i­ties tried to re­vive the former New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots tight end, and he was pro­nounced dead at UMass Me­mo­rial - HealthAl­liance Hospi­tal in Leomin­ster at 4:07 a.m. Prison of­fi­cials say the Her­nan­dez was in a sin­gle cell in a gen­eral pop­u­la­tion hous­ing unit at the Souza Bara­nowski Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter in Shirley, Mas­sachusetts They say he hanged him­self us­ing a bed sheet that he at­tached to a cell win­dow. Au­thor­i­ties say Her­nan­dez tried to block the cell door from the in­side by jam­ming the door with var­i­ous items. Her­nan­dez, who was serv­ing a life sen­tence for a 2013 mur­der, was ac­quit­ted Fri­day in a 2012 dou­ble slay­ing pros­e­cu­tors said was fu­eled by his anger over a drink spilled at a night­club.

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