Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison

Hernandez's attorney, Jose Baez, said his firm also will launch its own investigation.

The final chapter of the disturbing life of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been written, authored by his own hand. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday in Boston.

Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit.

Fallon said he was not aware of any suicide note.

Regardless, the coroner has since classified Hernandez's death as a suicide.

"We all can not believe it", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol. Cugno says he and other Hernandez pals can't believe he took his own life. "I was absolutely shocked".

"I just think it got to him - the guilt", Mixson Philip said. "He was friends with some of his cell mates when he was in prison". He was a world-class athlete whose name was very, very well-known in MA.

Friends were also grieving in CT, where Hernandez was raised. "That was a positive thing in our minds", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol.

Hernandez now serves a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Correction officers attempted "lifesaving techniques" on Hernandez. Hernandez grew up in CT and played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012.

Lloyd was murdered just months after Hernandez signed a seven-year, $40 million contract extension with the Patriots that included a $12.5 million bonus, then the highest for a tight end.

Hernandez's former agent, Brian Murphy, echoed similar sentiments via a tweet today, referring to his former client by his nickname, "Chico". Already serving a life sentence for the murder of semipro football player Odin Lloyd, Hernandez last week beat another murder rap - the 2012 fatal driveby shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, whom Suffolk County prosecutors say were gunned down after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on Hernandez in a Boston nightclub. However, a jury acquitted him of the 2012 double murder last Friday.

At the time of his death, Hernandez had a daughter with Ms. Jenkins, Avielle, now 4.

Randy Garcia, of Miami, who is Hernandez's older cousin, said he could never believe that Hernandez was capable of crime. Lloyd's body was found on June 17, 2013 in a park less than a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass. The Massachusetts State Police are on scene and the investigation continues. Hernandez was acquitted on April 14, five days before his death.

Quarterback Tom Brady, the team's best-known player, did not attend the White House event due to family commitments, local media reported, citing a statement from the self-described friend of Trump.