Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in his prison cell

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez turns to look in the direction of the jury as he reacts to his double murder acquittal at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Hernandez hung himself and was

"That was a positive thing in our minds", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol.

- November 6, 1989: Hernandez is born in Bristol, Conn.

To be clear, the victims in the story of Aaron Hernandez are the family of Odin Lloyd. His circle of friends included low-level criminals, but he had something they didn't: a lifesaver in the form of a promising football career.

- April 28, 2007: Hernandez is probed by police and reportedly does not deny he punched a waiter at a restaurant near the University of Florida. Rightly so, as he was responsible for 175 passes for 18 touchdowns. He says he has placed liens on Hernandez's MA home, estimated to be worth $1.3 million. As the jury was deliberating, cameras spied Hernandez blowing kisses to the young daughter he fathered with fiancée Shayanna Jenkins. A jogger found Lloyd's body riddled with gun shots in a MA industrial park on June 17, 2013. Because his conviction on Lloyd's murder and gun charges are now technically void, the Patriots may be required to pay his family almost $6 million in recouped salary. She was right there in Courtroom 906 while her dad was being tried for the murder of two men, a case that would end late last week in his acquittal.

May 28, 2014: Hernandez pleads not guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of de Abreu and Furtado. It's the end of a star-crossed life that peaked with a multi-million dollar contract in the National Football League, and sank to a sentence of life in prison for murder. According to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, his body was discovered at 3:05 a.m. EST.

In a maximum-security prison outside Boston, about an hour from the stadium where he played alongside stars like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowsi, Hernandez jammed the door to his one-man cell lest guards try to stop him, and put an early end to the life-without-parole sentence he received for a 2013 murder.

Facing life in prison, former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell early Friday morning. There is growing speculation that the visit may have been the final straw for the troubled Hernandez.

Per the report, investigators are exploring whether Hernandez may have smoked synthetic marijuana on Tuesday night.

However due to an all but forgotten legal principle in Massachusetts known as abatement ab initio, Hernandez died "an innocent man" in the eyes of a state, per Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Bar Association.

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