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Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was discovered dead this morning after hanging himself in his jail cell, according to the Massachusetts Department of Correction.
In a statement, the MDOC said that corrections officers found Hernandez at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at about 3:05 a.m. EST, after which resuscitation efforts were attempted. He was subsequently tranported to UMASS Leominster hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. EST by a hospital doctor.
Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window,” the MDOC statement read. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.
Massachusetts State Police are currently investigating the scene, the MDOC said.
Aaron Hernandez may not have died as the result of suicide … it could be murder orchestrated within the prison walls — so claims the lawyer who represented him.
We’ve learned attorney Jose Baez — who just got a not guilty verdict for Aaron last week in the double murder case — has launched an investigation on behalf of Hernandez’ family and they are not buying the suicide story.
We’re told Baez believes this could be a murder either by inmates or the folks who run the prison.
Baez says the family is “devastated” and does not believe Aaron was in a frame of mind to take his life.
Baez told TMZ Sports just last week Aaron was in a good place and optimistic the separate murder conviction would be overturned.
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