Massachusetts prison officials found former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez dead in his cell on Wednesday morning after an apparent suicide. Hernandez apparently hanged himself using a bed sheet attached to his cell window a little after 3 a.m., per prison officials.
Hernandez was serving a life-sentence for the 2015 first-degree murder conviction in the death of Odin Lloyd. Last week, Hernandez was found not guilty of a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston.
It's only a footnote in the story now, but Hernandez once showed great promise as a tight end for the Patriots. In three seasons from 2010 to 2012, he piled up nearly 2,000 receiving yards on 175 catches to go with 18 touchdowns.