Former NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Found Dead Inside Prison Cell

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy beside coach Bill Belichick after the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime at Super Bowl 51 in Houston

Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing.

Hernandez's two murder trials revealed a troubled man who often used illegal narcotics and at times believed strangers were challenging or disrespecting him.

In a maximum-security prison outside Boston, about an hour from the stadium where he played alongside stars such as Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, Hernandez jammed the door to his one-man cell lest guards try to stop him and put an early end to the life-without-parole sentence he received for a 2013 murder.

State police were investigating the circumstances of the death of the former rising star in the National Football League, and a coroner was performing an autopsy on Wednesday.

Murphy Tweeted that there was "absolutely no chance he took his own life". "I had never been involved in a case with so much reasonable doubt".

Hernandez's former agent, Brian Murphy, said on Twitter that he did not believe the athlete had killed himself.

"There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible", said his attorney, Jose Baez.

The attorney called on authorities to "conduct a transparent and thorough investigation" and promised his own examination of the death.

Cugno says he thinks it's "fishy" that Hernandez would have killed himself when he was just acquitted of a 2012 double murder. In an email statement to the Boston Globe, a team spokesperson said they are aware of the former player's death. "I knew we had raised doubt throughout that case".

Hernandez was acquitted Friday in the 2012 double murder that prosecutors said was fuelled by his anger over a spilled drink. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

As the Associated Press reported, prosecutors accused Hernandez of opening fire on their auto because he felt disrespected when one of the men bumped into him and spilled his drink at a Boston nightclub.

He immediately proved himself a major asset to the Patriots, catching six passes for 101 yards in a game against the New York Jets in Week 2 of the 2010 season. A year later, after his initial arrest for the murder of Lloyd, the team released him. He was not charged in the 2012 killings until 2014.