One of Hernandez's attorneys in the Lloyd case, John Thompson, says once he gets the death certificate he will file a motion to quash Hernandez's conviction.
On Twitter, some people said the timing of his death was odd because he had just been cleared of the two killings. The commonwealth's Supreme Judicial Court did not confirm the conviction and thus all legal exercises were not exhausted.
The child molestation conviction of former Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan, a key figure in the clergy sex abuse scandal that rocked the Boston archdiocese, was vacated after he was beaten to death in 2003 in his cell at the same MA maximum-security prison. From a promising athlete to a convicted murderer, this is the story of Aaron's tragic fall from grace. Only three states have worse records than Massachusetts: Rhode Island, Utah and Montana, the Washington Post reports. However, the department said the investigation is ongoing. He hanged himself with a bed sheet that he attached to a window, Fallon said. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.
Police claimed Hernandez arranged Lloyd's murder with help from accomplices after Lloyd spoke with people Hernandez didn't like at a Boston bar.
Hernandez's death comes the same day the Patriots are making their visit to the White House today to mark their Super Bowl win.
At the time of his death, Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Sports, Hernandez had previously been placed on suicide watch at other prisons - both in 2013 following his initial arrest for murdering Lloyd and in 2015 after his conviction.
I'm sure you've heard the news by now of former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez, who beat double-murder charges last week, committed suicide in his cell on Wednesday.
The ex-NFL star was in a single cell in general population housing. Otherwise, Fallon said, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit.
The murder weapon was never discovered, but analysts said the evidence against Hernandez was overwhelming.
May 15, 2014: Hernandez indicted for Boston Double Murder.
An official with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections says Hernandez was found hanged in his cell just after 3 a.m. Wednesday.
The former National Football League star was rushed to a hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead at approximately 4:07 am (0807 GMT).