So much of the story of Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who threw the world of football into disarray following his shock arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd, has tragedy at its centre.
Hernandez eventually spent three successful seasons in the NFL on a stacked New England Patriots team, but was released following his arrest in the Odin Lloyd case back in June 2013.
News broke yesterday that Hernandez had hanged himself in his cell in the early hours of Wednesday morning, reportedly using a bed sheet tied to a window in his cell. It is thought that the former NFL tight end had attempted to block the door to the room with various objects.Hernandez was pronounced dead by doctors at the UMass Memorial Health Alliance Hospital the same morning, he was 27-years-old.It was reported yesterday that the former New England Patriot had left a message written on his forehead; John 3:16 in an apparent reference to a popular passage from the bible, the verse reads…“For god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
As details continue to emerge from the shocking story, it is now thought that Hernandez left as many as three hand written suicide notes, discovered in his cell following the discovery of his body.
The Daily Mail reports that two of the three notes were left for Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and the couples’ four-year-old daughter, Avielle. The Mail cites “sources close to the investigation” in suggesting that the third note was left for a supposed fellow inmate lover.In a statement released on Thursday, Massachusetts District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. explained the results of an autopsy on the body.“Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields performed an autopsy on Mr. Hernandez on Wednesday and concluded today that the manner of death was suicide and the cause asphyxia by hanging.“An investigation into the death by State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and Department of Correction investigators found cardboard jammed into the door tracks of his single-inmate cell to impede entry into the cell.”