Ex-NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Hung Himself in Jail. He's Dead Now

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The report from WBZ also added one other note about the ongoing investigation the former tight end's death: Authorities believe that Hernandez may have smoked a synthetic marijuana known as K2 just hours before he died. Friend murdered Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player, was found shot dead in an industrial park one mile away from Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Aaron Hernandez's apparent suicide at a MA prison early Wednesday cast a spotlight on the state's troubled history when it comes to inmate suicides.

The going consensus seems to be that Aaron Hernandez's life was looking up; at least as much as it could, given the circumstances.

West Coast rap veteran Snoop Dogg isn't celebrating or relieved about jailed former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez taking his own life.

Hernandez was just on trial for TWO more murders.

Hernandez's unexpected death followed his acquittal last Friday of a 2012 fatal drive-by shooting in Boston.

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Lifesaving techniques were administered to the former New England Patriots tight end and he was rushed to a hospital, where a physician pronounced him dead at approximately 4:07 am (0807 GMT). The 2015 conviction will reportedly be voided in the wake of Hernandez's suicide Wednesday.

"Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window", the state corrections commission said in a statement.

Although Hernandez's family has not released a statement about his death, sources told Byron Barnett over at WHDH that Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez spoke with Aaron last night, and "everything seemed fine".

Douglas Sheff, a civil attorney representing Lloyd's family, maintained that he was in contact with Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, after news of Hernandez's death broke Wednesday.

Lisa Newman-Polk, a former mental health worker at the prison, says prisoners serving life sentences are always flagged as higher risk for mental health problems. "Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death".

Some of his former teammates are due in Washington later on Wednesday to visit the White House and meet President Donald Trump in honor of their Super Bowl win. He was cut from the team shortly after he was arrested in Lloyd's killing in June 2013. Prosecutors say Hernandez was angry because de Abreu accidentally bumped into him at a nightclub while dancing, spilling his drink.

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