Former Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez – who Friday was found not guilty of a double-murder in 2012 – died in prison Wednesday morning after being found hanged in his cell, according to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) April 19, 2017
Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
Serving a life sentence for murder, Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself, per Mass Dept of Corrections. pic.twitter.com/NmnwMkt2kK
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) April 19, 2017
Former teammates of Hernandez’s reacted to his death Wednesday morning.
Mike Pouncey, a close friend and former UF teammate of Hernandez’s, revealed his sadness in an Instagram post.
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey who was a public supporter of Aaron Hernandez, posts his final good bye on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/uza4PuaRyX
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) April 19, 2017
New York Giant cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who played with Hernandez from 2008-09
— JackRabbit2.0 (@JjenkzLockdown) April 19, 2017
Former Gators safety Ahmad Black, who was teammate’s with Hernandez and Jenkins on Florida’s 2009 BCS National Championship team.
You not a gator of u don't remember when Chico did this! Love you bro pic.twitter.com/dwbtcBsqFW
— ahmad black (@ahmadblack35) April 19, 2017
Former Gators men’s basketball center Marreese Speights (2006-08) weighed in on Hernandez’s passing.
So sad to see one of your college classmates pass away no matter what happens in life it's sad to see.. #r.i.p Aaron Hernandez !!!
— Marreese Speights (@Mospeights16) April 19, 2017
Gators defensive back Chauncey Gardner offered his condolences.
RIP 🐊🏈🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/cybNshc413
— Chauncey Gardner Jr (@1WayGardner) April 19, 2017
Brian Murphy, Hernandez’s former NFL agent, disputes the conclusion that the former Gators standout committed suicide.
Absolutely no chance he took his own life. Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life.
— Brian Murphy (@A1Murph) April 19, 2017
Hernandez suicide while Lloyd case on appeal vacates conviction for Lloyd's death. Not a convicted murderer in death. Odd twist.
— MichaelCoyne (@DeanCoyne) April 19, 2017