aaron+hernandezAaron Hernandez is dead.

The convicted killer and former New England Patriots star hanged himself inside his cell at the state’s maximum security prison early Wednesday, in an apparent suicide five days after he was acquitted of two additional murders.

He was serving life without parole for killing Odin L. Lloyd in an industrial park near the football player’s million-dollar home in 2013.

The arc of Hernandez’s life was short and steep. He reached the highest levels of fortune and acclaim in professional sports, only to throw it all away by shooting Lloyd, who had been his friend.

Aaron apparently took his own life on the day many of his former teammates were honored at the White House for winning Super Bowl 51.

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