Ex-Patriots TE Hernandez commits suicide in prison

The convicted murdered decided to take his own life in his prison cell.

FILE PHOTO - Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez (L) looks at his attorney as security footage is seen on a monitor during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez died after hanging himself in his prison cell Wednesday morning.Prison officials confirmed Hernandez’s death in a statement.Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd. He was acquitted of a double murder only days ago.Guards discovered the 27-year-old Hernandez in his single cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m. the Massachusetts Department of Corrections said.The former University of Florida and NFL star was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster.Hernandez was in a maximum security state prison not far from the Patriots’ home, which is in Foxborough, Mass.The corrections officers said hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window.Hernandez was emotional Friday as the jury read a not guilty verdict acquitting Hernandez of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston.The Patriots are scheduled to visit the White House on Wednesday, but a team spokesman said the club was not likely going to comment on the Hernandez suicide before the trip.