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Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in his prison cell

The death of the former New England Patriots tight end Wednesday will nearly certainly lead to the expungement of his 2015 first-degree murder conviction for the slaying of Odin Lloyd since the case was still under appeal in MA.

Prison officials say the 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.

Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction is expected to be dismissed posthumously because of a legal rule called "abatement".

Hernandez's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

- November 6, 1989: Hernandez is born in Bristol, Conn.

Eldridge has submitted a bill calling for the state to form a special commission to study why so many inmates commit suicide, with the aim of developing ways to reduce the number of deaths.

January: Hernandez's father Dennis dies from complications of hernia surgery.

Hernandez was the No. 1 tight end recruit coming out of high school after he finished with 67 receptions for 1,807 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior at Bristol Central High School in Bristol. Hernandez was 16 years old at the time. Tim Tebow is a witness. Hernandez was acquitted just days ago of the 2012 shootings of two other men in Boston. Hernandez and three teammates are questioned by police after the shooting.

- January 6. 2010: After winning the 2010 Sugar Bowl with Florida, Hernandez announces he will forgo his senior year and enter the 2010 National Football League draft.

FILE - In this Friday, April 14, 2017, file photo, Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez turns to look in the direction of the jury as he reacts to his double murder acquittal at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston.

- July 16, 2012: Two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, are shot to death in their vehicle as they wait at a red light in Boston's South End neighborhood.

By the end of his second season, he was a bona fide star, landing the $40 million contract extension and playing a key role in the Patriots' 2011 AFC Championship season.

- February 2013: One of Hernandez's associates, Alexander Bradley, is shot in the face in Florida.

Absolutely no chance he took his own life. He later pleads not guilty.

Prosecutors said he gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub. Kennedy says the lawsuits will go forward, but will now be against Hernandez's estate.

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