Ex-NFL Football Player Aaron Hernandez Commits Suicide in Prison

April 19, 2017 | Updated: 7:32 a.m., April 19, 2017

NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA – AUGUST 22: Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Massachusetts Department of Correction put out this statement Wednesday after former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found hanging from a bed sheet in his prison cell:

“On April 19, 2017 Aaron Hernandez was discovered hanged in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 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. by a physician at the hospital.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing. Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.

“The Massachusetts State Police are on scene and the investigation continues.

“Mr. Hernandez’s next of kin have been notified.”