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Ex-NFL star Hernandez found dead in prison cell

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By Atack Patrick
Ex-NFL star Hernandez found dead in prison cell

<p>Former New England Patriot player Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for murder, has been found hanged in his cell. The 27-year-old had been found innocent of a separate double killing on Friday 14 April. </p> <p>Once one of the best paid players in the <span class="caps">NFL</span>, Hernandez was found unconscious in his cell at around 3am local time on Wednesday. Guards attempted to revive Hernandez, but he was pronounced dead at Leominster hospital. </p> <p>Department of Corrections spokesperson Christopher Fallon <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/19/slugs-aaron-hernandez-dead-prison-cell-hanging-nfl">said</a> Hernandez, who was serving life without parole for the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd in 2013, had not been identified as a suicide risk. </p> <p>“If he had made any kind of statement (indicating intent to self-harm), he would not have been in that unit”, Fallon added. </p> <p>Hernandez had signed a contract extension which included a signing bonus of €11.6 million before the 2012 season, making him the best paid player ever in his tight end position. He was cut and contract cancelled within hours of his arrest. </p> <p>Hernandez’s former agent has claimed there is “no chance” the former star committed suicide.</p> <p>“Chico was no a saint, but… he would never take his own life”, Murphy <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-crime-hernandez-idUSKBN17L1CL">said</a>. </p> <p>Massachusetts state police continue to investigate the death.</p>