Aaron Hernandez Kills Himself in Prison

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez found dead of apparent suicide in jail cell

The former National Football League tight end hanged himself on Wednesday in a prison cell, according to prison officials.

Before he hanged himself with a bedsheet in his prison cell, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez used a red marker to scrawl the Bible verse John 3:16 across his forehead, according to a report.

When the Massachusetts Department of Correction announced on Wednesday that Aaron Hernandez had been found dead in his cell due to an apparent suicide, the department noted that the former Patriots tight end didn't leave behind any type of suicide note.

The verse, one of the most quoted among Christians, describes how how those who believe in Jesus "shall not perish but have everlasting life".

Hernandez had sliced his finger open in his cell and wrote the verse on his head with his own blood, says FOX 25.

Also, investigators are reportedly looking into the possibility that Hernandez may have smoked synthetic marijuana called K2 Tuesday night. His body was discovered at 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.", the correction department's statement reads.

Authorities offered few answers after Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in MA, where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend.

Prison officials said Hernandez was in a single cell in the general population and wasn't on suicide watch, and in the wake of his death, one lawmaker said there needs to be changes made to the current system.

Between 2001 and 2014, 47 inmates in MA state prisons committed suicide, according to the report.

"There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible".

The civil case against Hernandez is also likely to be dropped, he said.

Coincidentally, Hernandez spoke about Tebow in his final media availability with the Patriots before he was arrested for Lloyd's murder in June of 2013.

Friends also were grieving in CT, where Hernandez was raised.

In the US, suicide is the No. 2 cause of death for state prisoners.

Several other inmate have taken their own lives at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center over the years, but none of them was as famous as Hernandez.

On Friday (14 April), a Boston jury found Hernandez not guilty of the 2012 deaths of two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. That move could be challenged by the Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M Quinn III's office or the Lloyd family.

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