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Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prison

The tight end was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Hernandez during his most recent trial.
Hernandez during his most recent trial.
Image: Steven Senne

FORMER NEW ENGLAND Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has killed himself in prison the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) has said.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.

In May 2015, he was indicted for the double murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, a crime he was found not guilty of this month.

In a statement this morning, the DOC said the 27-year old was found hanged in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts.

“Aaron Hernandez was discovered hanged in his cell by corrections officers at approximately 3.05am.

Life-saving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4.07am by a physician.”

Massachusetts state police are investigating.

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