Prison guards reported that they found Hernandez hanging from his cell window by a noose made of bedsheets early in the morning of April 18.
Hernandez attorney Jose Baez, however, is saying: “The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron’s death. There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible. Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death. We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation.”
The former New England Patriots star had beaten the rap on murder charges for killing two men over a spilled drink, but still faced a life sentence for the brutal murder of fellow jock Odin Lloyd in 2013.
Hernandez was doing time just a short drive away from the stadium where he became a star as the Patriots’ tight end, and went on trial for Lloyd’s murder shortly after signing a five-year contract extension wirth almost $40 million.
Experts had already told The National ENQUIRER that it was a matter of “when and not if” Hernandez would commit suicide in prison — but Baez added that his law firm “will participate in its own examination into this tragic event, and update the media and public on its findings when they become available.”