Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez dead after hanging self in cell

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State Police are investigating Hernandez's death.

Chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Bar Association Martin W. Healy explained how the legal principle "abatement ab initio", meaning "from the beginning", makes him an innocent man despite being found guilty of murdering Odin Lloyd.

Some of Hernandez's representatives believe his death wasn't a suicide.

Committed to play at the University of CT, but changed to the University of Florida to play under Urban Myer.

May 11, 2015: Hernandez indicted on charges related to Bradley's murder in Florida.

While we don't have answers just yet, we do have some more information surrounding his death.

Last week, Hernandez was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston.

The former National Football League star was rushed to a hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead at approximately 4:07 am (0807 GMT).

In addition, Hernandez tried to block the door of his cell from inside placing numerous objects.

The same holds true of the image of Hernandez tying a bed sheet to his window inside the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, early Wednesday morning and hanging himself.

Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit.

A law enforcement source told WBZ CBS 4 Boston that Hernandez may have smoked synthetic marijuana known as "K2" prior to his death.

Just last week Hernandez was acquitted in the 2012 shooting deaths of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu. At the White House ceremony in the afternoon, President Donald Trump congratulated the Super Bowl champions but made no mention of Hernandez.

One of those people stunned is none other than Hernandez's lead attorney, Jose Baez, but for a different reason.

"Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence", Baez said in a statement. He says Hernandez would have been transferred to a mental health unit if there was any concern about his well-being. Patriots release him from team.

Hernandez was placed on suicide watch at the prison, which is reportedly not rare for inmates who have recently received a life sentence.

Prosecutors said Hernandez opened fire on their vehicle because he felt disrespected when one of the men bumped into him and spilled his drink at a Boston nightclub. The jury in that case found Hernandez not guilty of first-degree murder but convicted him of unlawful possession of a gun, and the judge sentenced him to an additional four to five years in prison - separate from his existing life sentence.

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