You always feel suicides to some extent is avoidable if proper attention was given prior to the event. However, it becomes increasingly difficult when the subject is alone and lonely in prison. Nobody knows what's going on the person's head and what he might do next.
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez had an abnormal condition that made him take his own life. He was previously sentenced to life imprisonment. Let's get more details of the cause of his death, his married life and children, as well as the reasons for him ending up in prison.
Aaron Hernandez Died In 2017 At 27
Aaron Hernandez, the former tight end for New England Patriots who was a convicted murderer, committed suicide on 19th April 2017. He was 27 years old.
Merely five days after Hernandez was acquitted of the 2012 Boston double homicide, the former NFL star took his own life as officers found him at 3.05 a.m. hanging by his bedsheets from his window cell. He was imprisoned at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
There was shampoo all over the floor and cardboard was under the cell making it difficult for anyone to enter. Moreover, there were drawings in blood on the walls showing an unfinished pyramid as well as the all-seeing eye of God. Underneath there was the word Illuminati written in capital letters.
While Hernandez was getting transported to UMass Memorial Hospital-Leominster, he was pronounced dead at 4.07 am.
As the post-examination results of his brain came to light, it was revealed he had a severe form of the degenerative brain disease known as C.T.E. The damage was related to players well into their 60s.
Aaron Hernandez's Relationship With Fiance Shayanna Jenkins
Aaron Hernandez met Shayanna Jenkins while they were kids in middle school. They grew up in a small town and lived a few blocks apart. They soon noticed each other and began dating.
The pair graduated in 2007 from Bristol Central High School and stayed together throughout college. Later, Hernandez pursued a career in football and got recruited by the University of Florida. However, Jenkins did not leave Connecticut where she attended a community college.
In 2010, Hernandez got drafted by the Patriots and he subsequently bought a house in Massachusetts where Jenkins moved in with him. A couple of years later in 2012, Aaron purchased a $1.3 million home in North Attleboro.
In 2012, Jenkins got pregnant and Hernandez proposed to his girlfriend on the day of her baby shower. Shayanna still wears her engagement ring to this day.
The couple welcomed their first and only child, a daughter named Avielle Hernandez on 6th November 2012, which also happens to be Aaron's birthday.
After welcoming his daughter, the then-NFL star seemed to want to change his bad boy persona.
"Every time I come [from] the stadium, I can’t wait to go see her, and she’s a cutie. And basically, I can’t wait to go back and look at my daughter. One thing I know is that it definitely changed my life."
Hernandez added, he was going to look things differently since he was engaged and had a baby. Aaron claimed he couldn't be young and reckless anymore. He vowed to do the right things and become a great father to his daughter.
However, Allie could not get much of a relationship with her father due to the circumstances. During visitation hours, the mother Jenkins would bring her to see him in prison.
Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez and 4-year-old daughter Avielle step out of caravan of Mercedes-Benz and a Cadillac SUV, both dressed in black. pic.twitter.com/Jsi0KXRKWh— Laurel J. Sweet (@Laurel_Sweet) April 24, 2017
Moreover, Aaron's fiance brought their daughter to court when Hernandez was on trial for murder. It caused controversy and Jenkins was slammed for exposing her child to such things.
Aaron Hernandez Arrested In 2013
Hernandez and Jenkins were planning a 2014 wedding but it did not materialize after he got arrested. He was taken into custody on June 26, 2013. Aaron was arrested at the couple's home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Hernandez was accused of first-degree murder of Odin Floyd after his body was found at an industrial park near Aaron's home. At the time, Lloyd was dating Jenkins' sister Shaneah Jenkins which caused a rift between them.
Hernandez was subsequently released by the Patriots after the charges were filed. On 15th April 2015, he got sentenced to life in prison after getting convicted of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.
In 2016, Jenkins legally changed her name to Hernandez despite never marrying him. She even testified in Hernandez's murder case. A year late when Hernandez took his own life, he left a suicide note to his love before committing suicide.
At the end of the note, he wrote "You're rich" which provided an indication that Hernandez knew that the Patriots would have to pay out some of his salary owed to him reported to be about $6 million.
Meanwhile, during an interview with Dr. Phil, Jenkins-Hernandez revealed she thought the news about Aaron's death was a hoax.
Aaron Hernandez: Quick Facts
- Born as Aaron Josef Hernandez on 6th November 1989 in Bristol, Connecticut.
- His birth sign was Scorpio.
- His parents were Dennis Hernandez and Terri Valentine-Hernandez.
- His father was of Puerto Rican descent while his mother was of Italian.
- His father died in January 2006 from complications of Hernia surgery.
- He went to Bristol Central High School.
- He attended the University of Florida despite initially wanting to go to the University of Connecticut.
- He helped Florida Gators win the BCS National Championship in 2009.
- During the 2010 NBA Draft, he got drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round.
- He combined with Rob Gronkowski to make up the most productive tight end duo in NFL history.
- His career ended abruptly when he was accused of murdering Odin Llyod.
- He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2015.
- His net worth was estimated to be $50,000.
- He passed away on 19th April 2017 aged 27.