Not long after his acquittal for a 2012 double murder that was sparked by a spilt drink in a night club, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, already serving a life term for a 2013 murder conviction, hanged himself in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.
According to a report in the Boston Globe, an official statement from the Department of correction stated, “Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit. 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.”
Emergency lifesaving measures were attempted and Hernandez was taken to UMass Leominster hospital, but attempts to revive him and save his life were unsuccessful.
The 27-year-old Hernandez grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, just under two hours’ distant from the Foxborough, Massachusetts home ground of the New England Patriots.
He played for New England from 2010 to 2012 and had been convicted for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, an aspiring gridiron player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée.
It was another glaring negative consequence of combining windfall salaries with volatile personalities and alcohol that is an increasingly unwelcome fixture in professional sports.