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Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez has killed himself at a prison in MA where he was serving a life sentence for murder.

Hernandez was expected to appeal his sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole for the 2013 murder. Furthermore, officials said Hernandez did not seem suicidal, because if so, he would've been transferred to a mental health unit.

He was a productive tight end for the Patriots for three seasons, catching 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns in his second year to help the team reach the Super Bowl.

Quinn's office oversaw Hernandez's prosecution in the murder of Odin Lloyd, for which the former National Football League star was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Prison guards found Hernandez unresponsive in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley shortly after 3 a.m. Prosecutors said he gunned them down after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub.

"Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.by a physician at the hospital", assistant-deputy commissioner of communications Christopher Fallon said in a statement. Martin W. Healy, legal counsel for the Massachusetts Bar Association, told The Boston Globe that due to this rule, "Aaron Hernandez will go to his death an innocent man".

In a statement Wednesday, Jose Baez's office said "those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death".

A lawyer for the families of two men Aaron Hernandez was acquitted of killing says the relatives "don't take any joy" in Hernandez's apparent suicide, even though they believe he was responsible for their deaths. "In the court of public opinion, Hernandez ... will be judged accordingly", he said. He was acquitted on Friday of a 2012 double homicide in Boston.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reportedly spoke with one of Hernandez's former Patriots teammates who had his doubts upon hearing the news. Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing.