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Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison, dead at age 27

04.19.17 at 6:39 am ET
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Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison early Wednesday morning. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison early Wednesday morning, the the Department of Correction confirmed.

According to the Department of Correction, Hernandez was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement read. “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.”

He was transported to UMass Leominster Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. Wednesday morning.

This comes five days after he was acquitted of a double-murder outside a Boston night club in 2012. He was serving a life without parole sentence for murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013.

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