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Jose Baez calls for 'thorough investigation' into Aaron Hernandez's death

Jose Baez calls for 'thorough investigation' into Aaron Hernandez's death”

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself on Wednesday in a prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, prison officials said, and his family called for an immediate investigation into the circumstances.

A prison spokesman told the Boston Globe that Hernandez had not been on a suicide watch and did not indicate that he meant to harm himself.

"Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence". Otherwise, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit, Fallon said.

Hernandez's former agent, Brian Murphy, tweeted out following the news that he's not entirely convinced the death was by his own hands.

The attorney 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 department said the former NFLer was in a single cell in a general population unit. "Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death".

Less than a week ago Baez was celebrating Hernandez's acquittal in the murder of two men outside a Boston nightclub.

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The way Hernandez reportedly killed himself is believed to be the first time an inmate was able to do so at the maximum-security prison in Shirley.

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, a college teammate of Hernandez's, said on Instagram: "To my friend my brother!"

Here is the full statement from the Department of Corrections.

Hernandez was acquitted Friday in the 2012 double murder that prosecutors said was fuelled by his anger over a spilled drink.

But the team released him in 2013 after he was arrested in the killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

The athlete was discovered around 3:05 am and transported to a local hospital, whereby he was pronounced dead at 4:07 am.

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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