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Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez has killed himself at a prison in Massachusetts where he was serving a life sentence for murder.
The Department of Corrections says the 27-year-old was found hanged in his cell just after 3am local time on Wednesday morning.
"Life-saving techniques were attempted on Hernandez and he was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4.07am," its statement added.
Massachusetts State Police have now launched an investigation into the suicide at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Centre in the town of Shirley.
At the height of his sporting career with the New England Patriots, who are currently Super Bowl champions, Hernandez was on a five-year contract worth $40m (£31m).
The tight end footballer was dropped by the team just hours after he was arrested for the 2013 murder of semi-professional footballer Odin Lloyd, for which he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Less than a week ago, a jury had cleared Hernandez of killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting after a fight outside a nightclub in Boston's South End.