Some of the people closest to Aaron Hernandez are questioning the circumstances of his death Wednesday morning in a Massachusetts prison cell.
The statement released by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections announcing Hernandez's death made it clear authorities consider it a suicide: "Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items."
But Hernandez's former agent and his most recent attorney, among others, expressed skepticism that the 27-year-old former Patriots tight end would have killed himself.
"Absolutely no chance he took his own life," Athletes First agency president Brian Murphy wrote on Twitter. "Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life."
TMZ reportedthatJose Baez, the attorney who led Hernandez's defense in a double murder trial that ended last week in a not-guilty verdict, has launched an investigation on behalf of the player's family, which also doesn't accept the official explanation.
An unidentified former Patriots teammate of Hernandez told ESPN"I'm not buying" the report of a suicide.
"I'll never believe (Aaron Hernandez) went out that way," that player added. "Yes he has emotions, but he's not wired like that."