Former New England Patriot, Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison Cell

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, was found dead early Wednesday of an apparent suicide inside his prison cell.

Correction officers discovered Hernandez hanging by a bed sheet attached to his single cell window at about 3:05 a.m., said state Department of Correction spokesman Christopher M. Fallon.

Hernandez, 27, had attempted to “block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items,” Fallon said in a statement.

Officers attempted life-saving techniques and transported him from the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley to a local hospital, but he was declared dead at 4:07 am est.