Former Florida Gator, NFL star Aaron Hernandez found hanged in cell

Former Florida Gator and ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison, according to officials.

Corrections officers found Hernandez hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley around 3:05 a.m. Wednesday.

He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.

Hernandez attached a bed sheet to a window in a single cell in a general population housing unit.

He tried to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items, officials said.

Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for a 2013 murder and was recently on trial for a double murder in Boston.

He was found not guilty of first-degree murder but was sentenced to four to five years in prison for unlawful possession of a gun.

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BREAKING: A corrections officer found the former Florida Gator in his cell at approximately 3:05 a.m.:

Posted by Action News Jax on Wednesday, April 19, 2017