Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and was acquitted of a double murder just two days ago, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday.

Hernandez, 27, was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley in the early morning hours.

The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster.