The bizarre and horrific real life soap opera involving former New England Patriots and Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez took one final sick turn in the middle of the night Wednesday. That’s when Massachusetts corrections officials found Hernandez dead in his cell from hanging.
Here’s more from the Boston Globe:
Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots star, found dead, hanging in prison cellhttps://t.co/sQu5q8HzTi
— Boston Globe Metro (@GlobeMetro) April 19, 2017
As the item states, Hernandez was found unresponsive at just after 3 a.m. coming just 5 days after he was acquitted on double murder charges for a 2012 shooting outside of a night club near Boston.
The bizarre’ part of that acquittal is that Hernandez was already serving life in prison for a previous 2015 murder conviction of Odin Lloyd. The alleged motive of that murder being to silence Lloyd from talking about the first two homicides.
Hernandez is a former All American tight end for the Florida Gators who was part of the 2009 National Championship team under Urban Meyer that defeated Oklahoma in the title game that year. Hernandez received the John Mackey award as college football’s top tight end that season.
He declared for the NFL draft after his junior season and was drafted in the fourth round by the Patriots, where he starred in 2011 making the Pro Bowl. Hernandez caught a TD in New England’s Super Bowl XLVI loss to the New York Giants.
He played one more season in 2012 after he had been given a $40 million dollar contract extension by the Pats. Then, the murder investigations and charges began that summer of 2013 leading to his eventual first conviction two years later.
Hernandez was 27 years old.