BREAKING: Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prison cell - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

BREAKING: Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prison cell

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NBC News reports former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell early Wednesday morning. 

According to a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Correction, a corrections officer found Hernandez hung himself.

Hernandez's body was found at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m.

Hernandez reportedly hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window. He had also attempted to block the door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.

Authorities say lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. 

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder. He was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a drink spilled at a nightclub. 

Authorities are still investigating the situation. Mr. Hernandez's next of kin have been notified.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update it as we get more information. 

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