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Hernandez Attorney Calls For Full Investigation Into His Death

Patriots aware of news but offer no comment

David Tanklefsky
April 19, 2017 - 11:40 am

Aaron Hernandez's lawyer is calling for a full investigation after the former Patriots tight end and convicted murderer was found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell this morning. Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet that was attached to bars on the window of his cell, according to prison officials.

Hernandez, 27, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski maximum security prison around three o'clock Wednesday morning, according to the Worcester County District Attorney's Office. He was pronounced dead at U-Mass Memorial about an hour later.

"There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible," attorney Jose Baez said in a statement. "Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death." 

Hernandez's agent, Brian Murphy, says he does not believe his death was a suicide. "Absolutely no chance he took his own life," Murphy wrote on Twitter. "Chico [Hernandez's nickname> was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life."

7-News reporter Byron Barnett cited sources as saying Hernandez spoke to his fiance Shyanna Jenkins Hernandez yesterday and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. The two have a 4-year-old daughter together.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted by the medical examiner in Boston.

Hernandez's apparent suicide comes less than a week after he was aquitted of murdering two men in Boston in 2012. The stunning development comes as some of his former Patriots teammates prepare to meet President Trump at the White House Wednesday afternoon to celebrate their victory in Super Bowl LI.

A spokesperson for the Patriots told multiple reporters they were aware of the reports of Hernandez death but don't anticipate making a statement today.

Last Friday, Hernandez was found not guilty in the killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in 2012. He was still serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semipro football player Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro.

The news of Hernandez's death was met with mostly silence from former teammates and coaches this morning, although Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, who played with Hernandez at the University of Florida addressed it in an Instagram post.

To my friend my brother! Through thick and thin right or wrong we never left each other's side. Today my heart hurts as I got the worse news I could have imagined. It was just a day ago we shared our last convo. I will forever miss you and love you bro. we will meet again rest easy! ❤️----

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