Social media users were torn on Wednesday about expressing sympathy about former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez - a convicted murderer who hanged himself in his prison cell.
His death came less than a week after the 27-year-old athlete was acquitted in a second murder case. He was pronounced dead an hour later at UMass Memorial Health Alliance in Leominster. He hanged himself using a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window.
Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was acquitted on Friday of killing two men in Boston in 2012.
Massachusetts Department of Correction said Hernandez had tried to block the door to his single cell before hanging himself.
On Friday, Hernandez broke down in court as he was found not guilty of the double murder.
The Patriots were scheduled to go to the White House on Wednesday to be greeted by President Donald Trump and mark their latest Super Bowl win.
In the eyes of the state of Massachusetts, the death of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez made him an innocent man, thanks to an archaic legal principle called "abatement ab initio", said Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Bar Association. At 3:29, a camera showed an Altima pulling into Hernandez's driveway, about a half a mile from the death scene.
Hernandez played three seasons for the team before he was arrested and charged with murder in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister. He was drafted by the New England Patriots as the 15th pick in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
I've met men like Aaron Hernandez plenty of times-occasionally, when someone convinces them to get help in my office before somebody ends up dead. The man was shot six times, and his body was found in a MA industrial park. A jury unanimously convicted him of first-degree murder in 2015, as The Two-Way reported.
An unidentified former Patriots teammate of Hernandez told ESPN "I'm not buying" the report of a suicide.