Ex-NFL star Aaron Her­nan­dez hangs him­self in his prison cell

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

Hours be­fore his for­mer New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots team­mates were due to visit the White House to cel­e­brate their Su­per Bowl vic­tory, prison of­fi­cials say, Aaron Her­nan­dez tied one end of his bed­sheet to a win­dow and the other around his neck and hanged him­self.

In a max­i­mum-se­cu­rity prison out­side Bos­ton, about an hour from the sta­dium where he played along­side Tom Brady and other stars, Her­nan­dez jammed the door to his one­man cell and put an early end to the life-with­out-pa­role sen­tence he re­ceived for a 2013 mur­der. He was 27. Her­nan­dez once seemed to have ev­ery­thing — in­clud­ing a five-year $40 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion — and threw it all away.

The for­mer NFL star’s death left friends, fam­ily and his le­gal team shocked and in dis­be­lief, search­ing for an ex­pla­na­tion. Just last Fri­day, Her­nan­dez was ac­quit­ted in a sep­a­rate mur­der case.

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