Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez reportedly wrote three notes before hanging himself in his prison cell, one of which was allegedly addressed to his jailhouse lover.
The source said the notes were found next to a Bible that had been opened up to John 3:16, which reads: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life," reports the Daily Mail.
Hernandez had allegedly written "John 3:16" across his forehead before taking his own life.
Two of the notes found in Hernandez's cell were written to his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, and their 4-year-old daughter, Avielle. A source told the Daily Mail that the third note was addressed to his gay lover in prison, who is said to be the last person Hernandez spoke to.
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The man is now reportedly under suicide watch.
Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, had been planning his suicide for weeks, according to the Daily Mail. A source said he gave most of his belongings away to fellow prisoners.
An autopsy has revealed that the former NFL star died of asphyxiation.
"Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields performed an autopsy on Mr. Hernandez on [April 19] and concluded today that the manner of death was suicide and the cause asphyxia by hanging," Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said in a statement.
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"An investigation into the death by the State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and Department of Correction investigators found cardboard jammed into the door tracks of his single-inmate cell to impede entry into the cell."
"There were no signs of a struggle, and investigators determined that Mr. Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging," the statement added. "Mr. Hernandez was locked in his cell about 8 p.m. and no one entered the cell until a correction officer observed him at 3:03 a.m. and forced his way through the impeded door to render aid."
The statement went on to confirm that "investigators found three hand-written notes next to a Bible in the cell," although it did not elaborate as to what the notes said or to whom they were addressed.
In accordance with his family's wishes, Hernandez's brain will be donated to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, where specialists will determine whether he suffered from the degenerative brain disease commonly found in people who have suffered repeatedly blows to the head, such as football players.
Hernandez's attorney, Jose Baez, said he thinks his client was murdered.
"There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible," Baez said. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence."