Wrongful-death suits vs. Hernandez to go forward

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy beside coach Bill Belichick after the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime at Super Bowl 51 in Houston

Walker said Hernandez could have jumped off a desk built into the wall that is positioned close to the cell window.

Murphy Tweeted that there was "absolutely no chance he took his own life".

Baez called on authorities to "conduct a transparent and thorough investigation" and promised his own examination of the death.

Hernandez, who was serving life in prison for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, had been acquitted in another double-murder trial less than a week before his death.

The athlete was discovered around 3:05 am and transported to a local hospital, whereby he was pronounced dead at 4:07 am. In 2014, he was charged with the murder of two men who were killed in a drive-by shooting in Boston.

MA state police has launched an investigation into the circumstances around Hernandez's death.

As the news of Aaron Hernandez's death spread Wednesday morning, people had a wide range of reactions.

"Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell ina general population unit", the department said in a statement.

Here is the full statement from the Department of Corrections.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley after being convicted of the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2015.

Hernandez grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, and played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.

"This is a shocking and sad end to a very tragic series of events that has negatively impacted a number of families", said District Attorney and Thomas Quinn, who acted as prosecutor in the Llyod case. "I knew we had raised doubt throughout that case". Aaron blew kisses and waved at the four-year-old as she waved back and cried. He says Hernandez would have been transferred to a mental health unit if there was any concern about his well-being.

MA prison officials say former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself in his cell and has been pronounced dead at a hospital.

He was alone in his cell and "attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items".

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