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