The former National Football League tight end died April 19 after allegedly hanging himself.
The 27-year-old was found by Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center guards in his cell around 3 a.m. Wednesday. He was brought to UMass-Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
The news comes as his death has been ruled a suicide, officials announced in a release today that also says the convicted killer and ex-Patriot jammed cardboard in the door of his cell before taking his own life. He had allegedly hanged himself with a bed sheet.
Second, the maximum-security prison where Hernandez was in the general population, in a single cell, has an unusually high suicide rate.
Meanwhile, Hernandez's former agent Brian Murphy said there was "no chance" he could commit suicide.
Baez says in a statement Wednesday that there were "no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible".
The circumstances surrounding Hernandez's death are suspicious.
But authorities have yet to release the incident report, officers' logs, video footage from the area around Hernandez's cell or other details about prison protocol, despite repeated requests from The Associated Press.
The sources also said investigators are looking into the possibility that the Hernandez may have smoked synthetic marijuana called K2 Tuesday night. "Chico [Hernandez] was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life". He had "God forgives" tattooed on one of his arms next to an image of a gun, a tattoo that prosecutors contended was a confession during Hernandez's double murder trial earlier this year.
According to some legal expects, the Hernandez estate could be owed a good amount of money if his legal convictions are indeed overturned.
Hernandez's appeal had not yet been heard. Baez said arrangements were made with the university to pick up Hernandez's brain Thursday morning, but Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Henry Nields blocked the pickup, claiming his office would perform the "fixing procedure" on the brain.
The Patriots were scheduled to go to the White House Wednesday to be greeted by President Trump and mark their latest Super Bowl win.
In 2012, when he was 22, Aaron Hernandez signed a record $40 million contract with the Patriots. The first time they started "hanging out with the wrong crowd", as coaches and friends said about Hernandez early on?