Startling news out of a Massachusetts prison: Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his cell overnight, say authorities at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. Hernandez, serving a life term for murder, used a bed sheet attached to the window in his cell, say the prison officials, per WCVB. Corrections officers found him about 3am Wednesday, and he was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead about an hour later.
Prison authorities say Hernandez had jammed items in front of his cell door from the inside. Last week, the former Patriots player was acquitted of a 2012 double murder, but he was already serving a life term without parole for the 2013 killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez, who was 27, played tight end for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012. His former team, the current Super Bowl champs, will be at the White House on Wednesday, notes the Boston Globe. (Read more Aaron Hernandez stories.)