Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday morning in an apparent suicide, Massachusetts corrections officials said.
The 27-year-old was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013. Just last week he was acquitted in a double homicide case where he was accused of murderingDaniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in 2012.
The news of his death came as a shock to the NFL community. Below are some reactions from media members who watched his career as well as former and current players.
Patriots statement on Aaron Hernandez's death
The Patriots will visit the White HouseWednesday, and sent a brief statement to the Boston Globe:“We are aware of the reports, but I don’t anticipate that we will be commenting today."
NFL players reaction to Aaron Hernandez death
I remember in 2013 A.H being the first person to tell me "boy you nice" in NE!— Kenbrell Thompkins (@KTdaWinner) April 19, 2017
Damn I hated wakin up to that news. Regardless of how he lived his life he still has a family and friends that loved him. RipAaronHernandez— Jacoby Ford (@JacobyFord12) April 19, 2017
RIP Aaron Hernandez— Dorin Dickerson (@scorindorin) April 19, 2017
Tragic story of one man's life decisions who affected many families including his own. Aaron Hernandez.— Gerald Alexander (@GAlexander21) April 19, 2017
NFL media on Aaron Hernandez news
Complicated thoughts on Hernandez. Suicide is a difficult end, yet he was the architect of his own house. Thinking of his daughter today.— Jane McManus (@janesports) April 19, 2017
Asked by CNBC days ago for one word to associate with Aaron Hernandez, Bill Belichick said, "tragedy."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 19, 2017
From beginning to end, a tragedy.
Aaron Hernandez left nothing but a wake of misery and betrayal. A tragic and sad story. Feel for his victim's families and his daughter.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 19, 2017
As I ponder how I feel about Aaron Hernandez' death, I also ponder Dan Rooney. Makes me realize the huge variance the word "sad" encompasses— Jason Cole (@JasonColeBR) April 19, 2017
Hernandez was only 27 years old. His daughter will be 5 in November. A promising life took a sharp, tragic turn— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) April 19, 2017
Two things hearing from players re Hernandez:— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) April 19, 2017
1. Sympathy for family of Odin Lloyd;
2. Wondering if what happened to Hernandez CTE related.
It's OK to feel terrible for Aaron Hernandez's daughter and the life he wasted, while not feeling remorse for Aaron Hernandez himself.— Derek Schultz (@Schultz975) April 19, 2017
Aaron Hernandez's story might be the most perplexingly tragic thing sports has ever seen.— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) April 19, 2017