LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Convicted murderer and former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has committed suicide, a Massachusetts Department of Correction spokesman said Wednesday morning.

An official from the prison says 27-year-old Hernandez used a bed sheet to hang himself inside his cell. He was found just after 3 a.m. Authorities tried to revive the former Patriots tight end, but he was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial - Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster at 4:07 a.m.

Prison officials say Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. They say he hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window. Authorities say Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder. He was recently acquitted of killing two men in July of 2012 that prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a drink spilled at a nightclub.

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