Posted with permission from The Sports Xchange

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez died after hanging himself in his prison cell Wednesday morning.

Prison officials confirmed Hernandez's death in a statement.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd. He was acquitted of a double murder only days ago.

Guards discovered the 27-year-old Hernandez in his single cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m. the Massachusetts Department of Corrections said.

The former University of Florida and NFL star was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster.

Hernandez was in a maximum security state prison not far from the Patriots' home, which is in Foxborough, Mass.

The corrections officers said hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window.

Hernandez was emotional Friday as the jury read a not guilty verdict acquitting Hernandez of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston.