by: Steven Yablonski, Fox25Boston.com Updated:
BOSTON - Convicted killer and former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was found hanged in his prison cell early Wednesday morning, according to officials.
Officials said Hernandez was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley around 3:05 a.m.
A source told Fox25Boston that Hernandez cut his finger and wrote "John 3:16" on his forehead. He left a Bible in his cell open to that verse.
Officers immediately began to render life-saving techniques and Hernandez was taken to UMass Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.
Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit when he was found hanging from a bed sheet that he had attached to his cell window, according to officials.
Also, officials said, Hernandez tried to block his cell door from the inside by jamming it with several items preventing it from being opened.
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