Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison Cell

Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison Cell

(CNN)Convicted murderer and former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found hanged in his Massachusetts prison cell Wednesday morning, officials said, just days after he was acquitted in a separate murder case.

The 27-year-old former New England Patriots tight end hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to a window in his cell at the Souza Baranowski prison in Shirley, the Massachusetts Department of Correction said. His body was discovered at 3:05 a.m.

"Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez, and he was transported to UMass Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.," the correction department's statement reads.

Hernandez, who was alone in his cell in a general population wing, hanged himself and had "attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items," the statement reads.

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