Questions abound in aftermath of NFL star Hernandez's death

Aaron Hernandez murder conviction likely to be vacated

Convicted killer and former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison overnight, authorities said Wednesday morning.

The guards tried to resuscitate him, but when they did not get an answer they made a decision to transfer him to the UMass hospital in the city of Leominster where a doctor declared his death at 4:07 a.m., according to the Massachusetts Department of Prisons. Hernandez had been serving a sentence of life in prison without parole after being convicted of the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Attorney William Kennedy represents the estate of Safiro Furtado and the family of Daniel de Abreu in wrongful-death lawsuits against Hernandez.

Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction is expected to be dismissed posthumously because of a legal rule called "abatement".

Authorities offered few answers after Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in MA, where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend.

Before taking his own life, Hernandez reportedly blocked his cell door from the inside - jamming it with some of his personal items.

Last Friday, Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, had been acquitted of charges that he killed two men in anger over a spilled drink in a nightclub, reports.

One of his attorneys in that case, Jose Baez, issued a statement saying that his law firm would conduct its own examination into his Hernandez's death.

Randy Garcia, of Miami, who is Hernandez's older cousin, said he could never believe that Hernandez was capable of crime. Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window.

Chilling new details of Aaron Hernandez' prison death scene will only complicate the investigation into his reported suicide. He says in part, "There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible".

Hernandez's agent, Brian Murphy, tweeted that there was "absolutely no chance" Hernandez took his own life. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death.

Hernandez's death may also give his lawyers an opportunity to void his conviction for Lloyd's murder.

Hernandez was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Patriots and signed a four-year contract extension less than a year before Lloyd's death.

In his three years with the Patriots, Hernandez scored 20 touchdowns and appeared in Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. He was arrested before the start of his fourth season in 2013 and released by the team shortly thereafter.