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Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison

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Aaron Hernandez’s life sentence for murder has come to an end.

The former Patriots tight end, who scored a legal victory last week, committed suicide in prison last night.

The Massachusetts Department of Correction issued a statement saying Hernandez was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts around 3:05 a.m. this morning.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement read. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. Wednesday. State Police are investigating the incident.

Last week, Hernandez was acquitted of a double-murder charge, but was still serving life without parole for killing Odin Lloyd in 2013.

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112 Responses to “Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison”
  1. gwhite13 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:38 AM

    Fitting end to this story, hopefully.

  2. bostoncali says: Apr 19, 2017 6:42 AM

    Had it all and blew it…

  3. dpdonny says: Apr 19, 2017 6:42 AM

    Tragic.

  4. lemmetalkwouldya says: Apr 19, 2017 6:43 AM

    Rot in hell, Aaron Hernandez

  5. patriottony says: Apr 19, 2017 6:43 AM

    What a waste…Of talent…

  6. steelbydesign says: Apr 19, 2017 6:43 AM

    Man, talk about wasting what could have been a very good life.

  7. gmoney52 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:43 AM

    Sad to hear, hope everyone involved has peace in their lives

  8. 345snarkavenue says: Apr 19, 2017 6:44 AM

    I suppose that’s one way to get out of prison

  9. PhD says: Apr 19, 2017 6:44 AM

    A sad ending to a sad story. Hopefully he finds some peace on the other side.

  10. thelastwordyaheard says: Apr 19, 2017 6:45 AM

    Predictable end to a sad story ..bad dude.

  11. losingisnotanoption says: Apr 19, 2017 6:45 AM

    Wow. That was a surprise.

  12. exinsidetrader says: Apr 19, 2017 6:46 AM

    As likely the only person posting on here that spent time in two maximum security prisons, I can tell you this story does not check out, both in regard to the time between look-ins and the door-jamming detail.

    There is most definitely more to the story; but, most likely, no one will care enough to do a proper investigation as doing so would reflect poorly on staff.

  13. NFLisnotreality says: Apr 19, 2017 6:49 AM

    What a waste.

  14. ricardorobertasq says: Apr 19, 2017 6:53 AM

    Very odd timing. He just won a case.

  15. 2since96 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:53 AM

    Why waste the money on a lawyer fighting charges if u just gonna kill yourself?

    Are they sure it was suicide?

  16. aj66shanghai says: Apr 19, 2017 6:53 AM

    Wow. Just, wow. Not too often a headline feels like an actual smack to the face.

    Anyway, as much as I loathed him, I must thank him for giving us the gift of NEVER HEARING ABOUT HIM AGAIN

  17. kissbillsrings says: Apr 19, 2017 6:53 AM

    Well, justice is finally served….
    Very tragic story….such a waste

  18. dirtysouthironmen says: Apr 19, 2017 6:55 AM

    Justice Served!

  19. fenwickweb says: Apr 19, 2017 6:55 AM

    A complete tragedy on all levels.

    So many lives lost and wasted….

  20. seahawkz4life says: Apr 19, 2017 6:56 AM

    I only feel sorry for his little daughter and for the families of the victims in this case

  21. mkelly534 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:56 AM

    Not a big surprise since he was never going to get out of jail. I wish I could drudge up some sympathy for him but I keep thinking about the 2 people he shot (allegedly) and the person he was convicted of murdering. I have to reserve my sympathy for them since they did not get the choice to live or die.

    Still I feel for his young child and the fiance he left behind.

  22. duanethomas33 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:57 AM

    Not to be callous, but it was probably his best option. He had alot of time to think about his life and how he blew it. May he find peace, that he didn’t find in this life.

  23. v2787 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:57 AM

    What an utterly sad story and a waste of what might have been a useful, inspiring life. Hernandez made horrible choices and now has paid the ultimate price by his own hand. Hopefully some people can learn from this sorrowful example.

  24. Marty Murray says: Apr 19, 2017 6:58 AM

    Such a sad ending. He could have at least lived on for his family.

  25. concretechuckles says: Apr 19, 2017 6:58 AM

    Shouldn’t have spent all that money on his defense lawyer if he was just going to off himself.

  26. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says: Apr 19, 2017 6:59 AM

    Why now? He just got off, and was appealing the first conviction. I thought he was guilty, but this is still shocking.

  27. adelphos33 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:59 AM

    Four lives lost over nothing. Sad

  28. brianh992 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:59 AM

    Who cares?

  29. teambringitstrong says: Apr 19, 2017 6:59 AM

    Damn. Tragic all the way around.

  30. lostsok says: Apr 19, 2017 7:00 AM

    There is so little good to say about this man. All I can think of is this: if one young person learns a lesson from how he lived his life–and threw it away–that will be at least something.

  31. cabsf415 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:00 AM

    Tragedy from beginning to end. May his daughter be blessed eternally

  32. seabrawk12 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:01 AM

    RIP Odin Lloyd.

  33. jimmyt says: Apr 19, 2017 7:01 AM

    Carried out his own death sentence since the courts didn’t do it.

  34. bucrightoff says: Apr 19, 2017 7:02 AM

    A life totally wasted. All he had to do was not kill people and he would have gotten to live to 80 being a millionaire.

  35. dmed782 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:02 AM

    I am surprised that he last this long. I couldn’t imagine losing all of that fame and money to live in a 6×8 cell for the rest of my life. His demons got to him. I understand nothing can ever bring back a murdered family member, but I hope this brings some closure for the Lloyd family.

  36. worldizending says: Apr 19, 2017 7:04 AM

    What a waste. So sad on so many levels.

  37. medialovesthecowboys says: Apr 19, 2017 7:05 AM

    What a useless waste of a life with so much potential.

  38. mistrezzrachael says: Apr 19, 2017 7:05 AM

    Wow….To go from a HOF career…to this….really sad stuff.

    Guy had 2 sides to him….and the bad side eventually took over.

  39. TB12#BLITZFOR6 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:08 AM

    very very tragic case with no good ending…..I pray for all involved

  40. knowspinzone says: Apr 19, 2017 7:10 AM

    I didn’t imagine he had a conscience.

  41. lingsun54 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:10 AM

    If he thought he was escaping the consequences of his actions he was wrong. I’m sure he woke up in hell.

  42. usitait says: Apr 19, 2017 7:11 AM

    Wow….

  43. tripnasty says: Apr 19, 2017 7:11 AM

    Guilt and hopelessness is a powerful combination. His whole adult life has been a tale of sadness. Hopefully young people learn from this example and do not become overly self-important.

  44. derekgorgonstar says: Apr 19, 2017 7:12 AM

    Good.

  45. billsfan4life says: Apr 19, 2017 7:12 AM

    Wow. Just Wow. The life of one Mr. Aaron Hernandez is something you can write a movie about. Incredible how you go from a freshly minted contract of 5 years at $40 MILLION dollars w/ perennial Super Bowl favorites to accused of multiple murders, to a life sentence with no parole, to an overturned double-murder case and now suicide. Literally going from the top of the world to the absolute bottom. What a waste.

  46. saint2112 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:14 AM

    OMG Thats’ all I can say right now

  47. jagsandliquor says: Apr 19, 2017 7:17 AM

    Lol Damn

  48. dsigrey says: Apr 19, 2017 7:18 AM

    Oh well…

  49. bears53 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:18 AM

    So, am I supposed to be sad? Just don’t feel that way.

  50. doall24 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:18 AM

    my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  51. kap1123 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:19 AM

    This whole story is tragic from beginning to end.

  52. officialgame says: Apr 19, 2017 7:20 AM

    The end of a violent story.

  53. chasezdad16 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:20 AM

    Show them this at the rookie symposium….Guy was on top of his game, chose the gang life instead, such a waste of talent.

  54. fanfrommontreal says: Apr 19, 2017 7:20 AM

    May he finally rest in peace.

  55. zoxitic says: Apr 19, 2017 7:20 AM

    “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.”

  56. dedxx says: Apr 19, 2017 7:25 AM

    GOOD! Now the Lloyd family can finally quit hearing about this scumbag Hernandez and start the process of healing. They will never get Odin back, but they know for certain that the individual that took him is no longer here and will never walk out of Sousa a free man.

  57. kev359 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:25 AM

    This is a very sad ending to what was once a very promising individual

  58. thejetssuck2001 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:25 AM

    so he takes three lives unnecessarily then ends his too. what an unbelievable waste of human lives. all of them. even aarons.

  59. BIGGSHAUN says: Apr 19, 2017 7:26 AM

    No matter your thoughts about him, my heart hurts for his daughter.

    Unreal that he took his life down this path.

  60. rootpain says: Apr 19, 2017 7:26 AM

    Who knows what goes through someone’s mind when they make that decision. It’s a tragic end to a tragic story. But only God knows what he was thinking and hopefully Hernandez had a chance to ask forgiveness in time to save his soul.

  61. guypatsfan says: Apr 19, 2017 7:26 AM

    A sad ending to a troubled life. Hernandez had it all – money, fame, adulation – and he threw it all away. Not to excuse at all what he did, still sad to see it all end this way.

  62. seatownballers says: Apr 19, 2017 7:27 AM

    Wow. Hire the mighty have fallen. Wasn’t that long ago when I saw people wearing his jersey all over.

  63. Fofojo says: Apr 19, 2017 7:28 AM

    no sympathy here. good riddance.

  64. sportsfan045 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:28 AM

    Such a tragic story.

  65. sidelinecameraman says: Apr 19, 2017 7:29 AM

    Can’t say that I am sad….

  66. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Apr 19, 2017 7:29 AM

    Nobody wins….absolutely nobody wins.

  67. straightouttavtown says: Apr 19, 2017 7:29 AM

    This is fishy. Why now? He just got acquitted for the double murder and Jose Baez could’ve gotten him freed since the acquittal takes away the motive for the first Odin Lloyd murder. His situation just improved. They were out to make an example out of him from the start. Ask yourself, why did his associates Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace both got off easy and get to cut sweetheart deals with the prosecution? Why did waste money to charge him with the double murder when their only “star witness” is drug dealer currently incarcerated (Alexander Bradley)? Not saying he was a nice guy but the whole thing reeks. And before you condemn him, know that Rae Carruth, who hired a hitman to murder his pregnant ex-girlfriend, is scheduled to be released next year. I don’t believe he committed suicide. I don’t believe Lawrence Phillips committed suicide last year either. This stuff happens more than you think.

  68. thetruth75 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:30 AM

    Too bad – rotting in jail is a much harder sentence especially when you had a fortune on the outside. I’m not a believer – but I hope it’s hot as hell wherever his conscience lies.

  69. nflviewer says: Apr 19, 2017 7:31 AM

    Many pro athletes dream of going out on top. After his court room victory last week, Hernandez might have been feeling the same way.

  70. deprado1 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:32 AM

    Can’t say I fell sorry for him.

  71. xofdallas says: Apr 19, 2017 7:34 AM

    And now the prosecutors will be saying, “We were just doing our job.”

    The things that came out in is second trial raise some serious issues with what occurred in his first. I don’t know the right of it, but now I suspect things weren’t nearly as cut and dried as they were made out to be.

  72. weepingjebus says: Apr 19, 2017 7:42 AM

    Well that’s that, then.

  73. walker1191 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:42 AM

    Shocking, especially considering his win last week.

  74. 3 Finger Lenny says: Apr 19, 2017 7:42 AM

    The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.

    sunny

  75. 13forgbp says: Apr 19, 2017 7:44 AM

    Good.

  76. maust1013 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:46 AM

    If it had only occurred to him to commit this killing 1st there’d be three other families that still had their loved ones

  77. pridewatcher says: Apr 19, 2017 7:49 AM

    R.I.P. Aaron.

  78. stucats says: Apr 19, 2017 8:02 AM

    THE PATRIOT WAY!

  79. selldannysell says: Apr 19, 2017 8:11 AM

    May God have mercy on his soul.

  80. bradygirl12 says: Apr 19, 2017 8:12 AM

    3 Finger Lenny says:
    Apr 19, 2017 7:42 AM

    The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.

    ————————-

    Really, the saddest thing is unnecessarily snuffing out 3 young lives and ruining 3 families when you were going to kill yourself anyway.

  81. jrossizzle says: Apr 19, 2017 8:12 AM

    This seems suspicious to me…
    He just beat one trial and I believe his current conviction is under appeal. Can we at least confirm the whereabouts this morning of Jim McNally…

  82. suncawy says: Apr 19, 2017 8:13 AM

    It’s terrible that anyone does this to themself, but for him what a wasted life.

  83. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 19, 2017 8:14 AM

    The only people sad about this are his attorneys. They were licking their chops at all the appeals they were going to file while taking every last cent of his money.

  84. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 19, 2017 8:15 AM

    Hernandez verdict on himself I guess.

    All over an accidental bump and spilled drink. What a terrible thing.

  85. football2011 says: Apr 19, 2017 8:15 AM

    No sympathy here. he murdered three people.

  86. zoxitic says: Apr 19, 2017 8:17 AM

    Bad hombre

  87. belligerentbuc says: Apr 19, 2017 8:18 AM

    When keepin it real blows up in your face….

    A multi million dollar contract, skillset to get to that level, and one of the best college education in the nation.

    But no, you had to keep it real in front of your homies that you ain’t soft and not gonna let noone spill their drink on me!

    May the victims families sleep a little better knowing he’s no more.

  88. ilovemyravens says: Apr 19, 2017 8:21 AM

    RIP

  89. joetoronto says: Apr 19, 2017 8:41 AM

    Good riddance.

  90. tigersfandan says: Apr 19, 2017 8:53 AM

    To all the people surprised by the timing, I think it actually makes sense. I suspect he has intended to kill himself for some time, but he first wanted to clear his name of the double-murder charge. As for why he would spend the money on lawyers if he was planning suicide, I say “why not”? He’s not going to take that money with him.

  91. delions00 says: Apr 19, 2017 8:59 AM

    I think he had resigned himself to a guilty verdict in the double homicide and when he was acquitted the reality of just how incredibly stupid the Odin Lloyd murder was finally hit him like a ton of bricks and he couldn’t bear it. Remember, the motive in the Odin Lloyd trial was that Hernandez was worried Lloyd might have been talking to people about the exact double homicide he was just found not guilty of. So he basically killed a guy, his future sister in-law’s boyfriend no less, because he was worried about him possibly talking about other murders he ended up getting away with. He openly cried in court last week, something he did not really do in the first trial. I think he had already played the possible outcomes out in his head, and like I said earlier, was resigned to a guilty verdict. Had he been found guilty i think it would have in someway justified the Lloyd murder in his head or at least not changed his mental status quo. When he ended up being found not guilty it added so much more pain and self hatred to his decisions involving Lloyd that he simply could not deal with the stress anymore.

  92. tqaztec says: Apr 19, 2017 9:01 AM

    He will be missed like a Clay Matthews commercial

  93. jcc2525 says: Apr 19, 2017 9:11 AM

    The hits keep coming. Roger Goodell just suspended Hernandez an additional 12 games.

  94. julyeast says: Apr 19, 2017 9:16 AM

    where are all the front-running trolls blaming Roger for this? 2 titles in 12 years and they walk around like they invented football

  95. bueller101 says: Apr 19, 2017 10:06 AM

    Far from a happy ending to such a tragic story. Sad, sad, sad.

  96. ravensbob says: Apr 19, 2017 10:48 AM

    May peace come to the family of his victim.

  97. tiger2471 says: Apr 19, 2017 12:02 PM

    Sad, very sad, I want to send condolences to all the families affected by the murder and suicide. I really feel bad for his little girl.

  98. highdimension2015 says: Apr 19, 2017 12:54 PM

    A little scary to read others above who seem to know just how the murderin’ mind works.

  99. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 19, 2017 1:00 PM

    No suicide. He got murdered.

  100. honalulublue says: Apr 19, 2017 1:21 PM

    Even if he was murdered, he earned it.

  101. jpaq68 says: Apr 19, 2017 1:21 PM

    Maybe him and Lawrence Phillips can start a team …. in Hell

  102. youbettercallsaul says: Apr 19, 2017 1:24 PM

    Must’ve opened up the bills from his lawyer. If only Baez’ other client, Casey Anthony will follow suit.

  103. drunkraider says: Apr 19, 2017 2:13 PM

    Well….

    Bye

  104. mrboado says: Apr 19, 2017 2:24 PM

    Condolences to the family left behind. What a shocking turn of events! I’m wondering if the family of the victims are relieved or even more angry.

    Additionally, I wonder if a deeper investigation will discover any note. Having just won his last case, he might not have been on any suicide watch schedule.

    I can see Hernandez deciding to take a small measure of control, wanting to keep a semblance of dictating his fate.

    It’s not hard to imagine the shame he felt. If he was the cold-blooded killer he projected himself to be, then the shame of being locked up and losing his money and status must have been totally emasculating. Unfortunately, he may have felt no shame at all at what he did.

    It’s all between him and God now.

  105. fishyinalittledishy says: Apr 19, 2017 2:38 PM

    Well I hope God keeps those two apart ( He and Lloyd ) or does he go to hell who knows. Maybe there is no heaven and no hell and everybody is just is gone.

  106. TheWizard says: Apr 19, 2017 5:04 PM

    Nobody wins….absolutely nobody wins.

    Wrong. I win. Now I don’t need to hear any more ‘updates’ on this SOB.

  107. questionableopinion says: Apr 19, 2017 5:29 PM

    If he felt remorse he could have been a positive force for good in the world after his incarceration. He could have confessed. He could have wrote about his life and tried to inspire other people to avoid making the same mistakes that he did. A lot of people who made terrible decisions go on to try to do this sort of thing. But he didn’t do any of that.

    Love thy neighbor. Be good to people.

  108. mineisfasterthanyours26 says: Apr 19, 2017 10:18 PM

    I have done time and when i first read this i figured it was too much for him to handle and stress took over , prison plays a dirty mind game with a soul.
    I think it will turnout that since he was last aquitted and he has a lawyer that got a child murderer off “sorry i will not say her name” the other inmates did not want him to see light of day ever again.
    It will ne interesting to see how 3:16 was written on his forehead. With his hand or someone else’s

  109. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 19, 2017 10:58 PM

    Bad person connected to bad people. It probably was suicide, but given his connections, I don’t think it’s outrageous to suggest it may not be.

  110. schwamtek says: Apr 19, 2017 11:15 PM

    The guilt of being a cheater was too much for him to handle !

  111. dodohead418 says: Apr 20, 2017 10:32 AM

    Depression doesn’t just leave you when you become rich Life is a struggle to anyone

  112. joker65 says: Apr 20, 2017 8:21 PM

    See ya!!!!

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