Aaron Hernandez: What we know on day of his death

Aaron Hernandez: What we know on day of his death

Lifesaving techniques were administered to the former New England Patriots tight end and he was rushed to a hospital, where a physician pronounced him dead at approximately 4:07 am (0807 GMT).

Aaron Hernandez was discovered dead in his prison cell in MA in the early hours of Tuesday, and many of his friends including Mike Pouncey and Snoop Dogg are mourning and took to social media to remember the former New England Patriots star. He had attempted to block the door from the inside by jamming it with various items, prison officials said.

The discovery was surprising given Hernandez was not believed to be in a suicidal state and, just days prior, had been acquitted in a double homicide case.

Hernandez, 27, had been found not guilty last Friday of a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston.

In his statement, attorney Jose Baez also confirmed that Aaron Hernandez's family is "devastated". He said he wants to know how often Hernandez was checked on and whether foul play could have been involved. "Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life", Murphy tweeted.

On Wednesday, it was reported that the former New England Patriots tight end's murder conviction will likely be dismissed posthumously because of a legal rule known as "abatement".

The home where Aaron Hernandez lived when he was accused of murder is still on the market. Simpson was found innocent and set free; Hernandez was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors said he gunned them down after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him in a Boston nightclub.

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In the second murder trial, prosecutors said Hernandez opened fire on a vehicle, killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, because he felt disrespected when one of the men bumped into him and spilled his drink at a Boston nightclub.

Hernandez's suicide comes the day that the Patriots are visiting the White House to celebrate their fifth Super Bowl victory.

Baez declined to comment on those reports saying, "I'm not going to address something so ridiculous as that".

In 2012, when he was 22, Aaron Hernandez signed a record $40 million contract with the Patriots.

MA prison officials, state police and prosecutors have declined to release any records related to Aaron Hernandez's apparent suicide in prison.

One of Hernandez' lawyers, Juan Baez, said in a statement released to USA TODAY Sports and other media outlets that the family is heartbroken and are requesting a "transparent and thorough investigation".

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