Former NFL footballer Aaron Hernandez has been found dead in his cell in Massachusetts, officials say.
Hernandez hanged himself at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center and was pronounced dead later at hospital.
The former New England Patriots tight end, 27, was serving a life sentence for killing a man who was dating his fiancee’s sister.
Last week he was acquitted of a drive-by double murder prosecutors said began over an argument about a spilled drink.
Hernandez had cried in court as that verdict was read, saying he was “very happy”.
His death comes on the day members of his former team visit President Donald Trump at the White House to be commended for their Super Bowl victory over Atlanta in February.
Massachusetts Department of Correction said Hernandez had tried to block the door to his single cell before hanging himself.
Lifesaving techniques were performed on Hernandez and he was taken to UMASS Leominster hospital where he was pronounced dead at 04:07 local time (08:07 GMT).
I am saddened by this. May God be with us all.