The Massachusetts Department of Corrections released a statement early Wednesday that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found to have hung himself in his jail cell using a bed sheet that he attached to the cell window.

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Hernandez was found dead around 3 a.m. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.

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