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. 

CSN New England will have much more on the story.