The sports world woke up to the news on April 19, that former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell. He was 27.
The news of the his death, which is currently being investigated, was so shocking as it is yet another tragic point in this case of a star with such promise who became a cold-blooded killer.
Hernandez played his college ball with the Tim Tebow-led Florida Gators and in 2010, was drafted by the New England Patriots. He became a star tight end for the Pats and along with fellow draftee Rob Gronkowski, gave the team the best tight-end combo in the NFL. In 2012, he signed a contract worth $40 million.
Then on June 18, 2013, Hernandez was arrested in connection with the shooting death of his friend, Odin Lloyd. He was tried and found guilty of first degree murder in 2015. His sentence was life in prison without the possibility of parole. The former NFL player was then tried for a double-murder case and just last week was acquitted. But now today, he was found dead in his prison cell which will likely mark the final chapter in this very tragic story for Lloyd's family and even Hernandez's as they try to make sense of why he made the choices he did instead of living out his dream.
His death falls on the same day that his old team, the Patriots, are heading to the White House to meet the president in celebration of their Super Bowl win last February. Pats quarterback Tom Brady, who played with Hernandez, is not making the trip to D.C.
Here is the statement from the Massachusetts Department of Correction on Aaron Hernandez's suicide pic.twitter.com/E6sXHX38iq
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 19, 2017
Upon hearing about Hernandez's apparent suicide, many stars took to social media to react to the news.
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) April 19, 2017
While many are ecstatic about Aaron taking his life, let's not forget about this sweet little 4 year old baby who has to grow up with this. https://t.co/9HqwceLhwR
— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) April 19, 2017
A four year old is brought to court, creating a sad daddy-daughter moment and a reminder of misery all around. https://t.co/yYLLLgBFe2
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 13, 2017
Aaron Hernandez left nothing but a wake of misery and betrayal. A tragic and sad story. Feel for his victim's families and his daughter.
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 19, 2017
Complicated thoughts on Hernandez. Suicide is a difficult end, yet he was the architect of his own house. Thinking of his daughter today.
— Jane McManus (@janesports) April 19, 2017
hate it for his daughter. wholly indifferent otherwise. no lesson to be learned here. it's just over. https://t.co/utujXCyDKn
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) April 19, 2017
R.I.P Aaron Hernandez
— $AVAG£ |I£E (@ClaudePelon) April 19, 2017
GOOD MORNING TO ALL...
— Ike Taylor (@Ike_SwagginU) April 19, 2017
Asked by CNBC days ago for one word to associate with Aaron Hernandez, Bill Belichick said, "tragedy."
From beginning to end, a tragedy.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 19, 2017
Sad to hear about Aaron Hernandez. Promising future to a tragic end. ????prayers to his family.
— Joique Bell (@JoiqueBell) April 19, 2017
Easy judgement of Aaron Hernandez brings no answers. Lawrence Phillips. Dead in a cell, abandoned by his mother, pissed on in a foster home.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) April 19, 2017
Damn man... Aaron Hernandez wow. Had everything he wanted in life then lost it all. RIP.... damn
— Brandon King (@BrandonKing4787) April 19, 2017
That Aaron Hernadez mini series we are sure to see in the future just got a FIRE ending tho.....
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) April 19, 2017
I thought he was about to appeal his case. Wow???????????? https://t.co/XFm6DzGzC6
— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) April 19, 2017
Pray for the soul and family of Aaron Hernandez. https://t.co/ulqmsuRykk
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) April 19, 2017
Aaron Hernandez had it all and wound up dead in a prison cell. I feel bad for his daughter.
— Erika (@emesola) April 19, 2017
Tragic story of one man's life decisions who affected many families including his own. Aaron Hernandez.
— Gerald Alexander (@GAlexander21) April 19, 2017