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Former NFL player, convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison, Boston Globe says

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Posted at 6:42 AM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 07:35:23-04

Former NFL player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison early Wednesday, The Boston Globe reports.

Hernandez, formerly a tight end for the New England Patriots, was found hanging in his cell from a noose made from a bed sheet at Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts, the Globe reports.

“Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window," a statement of the Department of Corrections said. "Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of his friend Odin Lloyd. On Friday, he was acquitted of two other murder charges, both from 2012.

Hernandez played for now-Ohio State coach Urban Meyer at the University of Florida before he was drafted by the Patriots in 2010 at age 20.

At Florida, Hernandez was suspended for failing drug tests and reportedly assaulted and seriously injured a bar employee, according to ESPN. He was also investigated as part of a 2007 shooting; he was 18 at the time.

The Globe said Hernandez's family was notified of his death.