Former New England Patriots player, Aaron Hernandez, found dead in prison cell

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell early Wednesday morning. His death has been labeled a suicide by hanging. 

Below is the official statement:

"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 unit. 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 his door with various items. The Massachusetts State Police are on the scene and the investigation continues. Mr. Hernandez’s next of kin have been notified."

Hernandez' death comes five days after he was acquitted for double murder. However, he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.