Aaron Hernandez Allegedly Left Notes to His Fiancée, Daughter, and Gay Lover (UPDATE)
UPDATE #3 (4/21/17 at 8:03 a.m. ET):
Investigators found three handwritten notes in Aaron Hernandez’s cell, officially confirming his death a suicide. The notes were allegedly written to his fiancée, his daughter, and his gay lover.
Sources claim the athlete's lover was the last person he spoke to before killing himself.
The notes were found next to a Bible opened to John 3:16, the same verse written across his forehead.
And, according to the Daily Mail, the 27-year-old had been planning to kill himself for weeks.
He reportedly gave away his belongings to fellow inmates and covered his cell in soap, which prevented him from being able to land on his feet following the hanging.
“Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields performed an autopsy on Mr. Hernandez on Wednesday and concluded today that the manner of death was suicide and the cause asphyxia by hanging,” Massachusetts District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. said in a statement on Thursday.
“An investigation into the death by the State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and Department of Correction investigators found cardboard jammed into the door tracks of his single-inmate cell to impede entry into the cell.”
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UPDATE #2 (4/19/17 at 5:17 p.m. ET):
New reports indicate Aaron Hernandez was not only found dead in his prison cell, but had a Bible verse written on his forehead in blood.
When prison officials arrived at the former football star’s cell, the verse John 3:16 was scribbled above his eyes, according to WBZ Boston.
The verse reads:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Aaron cut his own finger and wrote the verse on his forehead while his Bible was open to said verse, according to Fox 25.
WBZ also claims he smoked synthetic marijuana shortly before his passing.
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UPDATE (4/19/17 at 9:54 a.m. ET):
Aaron Hernandez’s attorney, Jose Baez, believes his client may have been murdered by people within his prison.
His lawyer has even launched an investigation into his suicide, according to TMZ.
Jose says the NFL star’s family doesn’t believe he would’ve taken his own life.
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Original Story (4/19/17 at 7:34 a.m. ET):
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving life in prison for murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013, was found dead after hanging himself inside his cell.
The New England Patriots tight end was found unresponsive inside his prison cell on Wednesday, April 19, according to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.
He was rushed to the hospital at 3:05 a.m., but was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.
"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,” read the statement.
“Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items."
His suicide comes just days after he was acquitted of murdering two men outside of a Boston nightclub in 2012.
The 27-year-old was accused of killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, but the jury did not find him guilty.
“I wasn’t surprised, but I was relieved,” said his attorney, Jose Baez, to People.
“I knew we had raised doubt throughout that case. I had never been involved in a case with so much reasonable doubt.”
Jose, a well known defense attorney, also defended Casey Anthony in 2011.
The disgraced athlete’s daughter, 4-year-old Avielle Janelle Jenkins-Hernandez, was present at the trial and it was the last time he saw her before killing himself.
He had his daughter with Shayanna Jenkins, who he began dating in 2007.