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Questions abound in aftermath of National Football League star Hernandez's death

Montrelle Montesinos | 20 Abril, 2017, 13:35

Martin Healy, chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Bar Association, said Hernandez's death means his murder conviction will be erased under a centuries-old legal doctrine enshrined in Massachusetts' criminal case law.

Nearly 12 hours after Aaron Hernandez was pronounced dead, more details are coming out surrounding what happened before he committed suicide in his jail cell using a bed sheet at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. Authorities tried to revive the former New England Patriots tight end, and he was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial - HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster at 4:07 a.m.

Both the Massachusetts State Police and prison plan to do a formal investigation into Aaron's passing. But in the morning of Wednesday, Aaron Hernandez was found deceased in the cell, He used a bed sheet for suicide, he also jammed the door of his cell by utilizing numerous items. They reported finding no suicide note.

Prison officials and family say that they had received no indications that Hernandez was planning to take his life. He had 79 receptions for 910 yards and seven touchdowns in his second year to help the team reach the Super Bowl.

Hernandez played three seasons for the team before he was arrested and charged with murder in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.

On April 15, 2015, Hernandez was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Five days ago, a jury acquitted him of killing two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.

His death was "a shocking and sad end to a very tragic series of events that has negatively impacted a number of families", said Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, who prosecuted Hernandez in the Lloyd case. The Patriots also had no comment.

The attorney called on authorities to "conduct a transparent and thorough investigation" and promised his own examination of the death.

In the Dorchester neighborhood where Lloyd grew up, a family friend of the victim wondered if Hernandez could no longer bear the weight of his crime and his squandered potential.

"I think it was the finality for him, he knew what was going to become of him", she said.

Garcia said he thought Friday's acquittal would be a sign of good things for his cousin.

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said on Instagram that he spoke with his former college teammate a day earlier. "Today my heart hurts as I got the worse news I could have imagined".

In Connecticut, where Hernandez was raised, friends were in shock and grieving.

"We all can not believe it", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol.

"I don't believe that he would have killed himself", he added.