Former Florida and Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, 27, was found hanging by a bedsheet in his jail cell around 3 a.m. this morning.
According to officials, guards found him tied to a bedsheet hooked on his cell window. He was transported to a local Massachusetts hospital but was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.
Hernandez apparently jammed the door with various items to keep people from interfering. His death comes the same day that his former Patriots team visits the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.
His death marks one of the most tragic falls from grace by an athlete in recent memory.
Tennessee fans remember Hernandez as he was one of Florida’s best players during the Tim Tebow era. While at Florida, he was an All-SEC and All-American selection. He also was part of the 2009 BCS national championship team.
In 2010, Hernandez was drafted 113th overall to the New England Patriots, where he would become a star alongside Rob Gronkowski. Even though he was a little overshadowed by Gronk, Hernandez still ranked top five in receptions, yards and touchdowns among tight ends. He was also named to the 2011 Pro Bowl and appeared in the Super Bowl XLVI loss to the Giants.
Everything soon came crashing down in 2012.
A double murder took place on July 16, 2012 and Hernandez was a prime suspect. A barrage of bullets busted through the car, killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado. In May 2014, Hernandez was indicted on their murders but was found not guilty just five days ago.
On June 13, 2013, Hernandez was investigated once more for another murder. This time, the evidence was overwhelming. He shot and killed Odin Lloyd at an industrial park over what reports called “trivial matters.” As a result, he received a life sentence without parole for the murder. If you don’t know much about the story, you can easily search it.
Hernandez sought out evil. He had the dream life of being in the NFL with the most successful team. He had the money. He had a fiancee and daughter. Yet, he chose to seek out the “thug” life and live on the streets, as some would say.
In his court appearances, it’s almost as if Hernandez had no remorse and was even seen smiling and making jokes to attorneys. An accomplice from the 2012 double-murder essentially betrayed Hernandez by telling the police he was guilty of killing Abreu and Furtado to gain immunity. Hernandez didn’t provide an argument as if he knew he was guilty but didn’t care. How could someone be so heartless to take multiple lives and not even seem sympathetic?
What makes matters worse is that there are people on social media who are sticking up for Hernandez and even calling him a legend.
RIP Aaron Hernandez that man was doing shit ya favorite rappers lie about while catching td's on sunday #legend
— Devo Saucy ♨️ (@Devington_) April 19, 2017
RIP the realest dude to play in the NFL Aaron Hernandez pic.twitter.com/uvPCpdLx7I
— the boy (@TreyChildz) April 19, 2017
The only murder Aaron Hernandez surely did commit was the killing of fsu in 2009. RIP to a Gator legend. pic.twitter.com/fRQVMk3gZZ
— — (@tyceUF) April 19, 2017
One thing’s for sure and that is a 30 for 30 special on his life will be highly anticipated.