Brian Murphy, the former agent for Aaron Hernandez, tweeted Wednesday there's "no chance" the ex-New England Patriots tight end died by suicide.
Brian Murphy @A1Murph
Absolutely no chance he took his own life. Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life.2017-4-19 13:20:26
Wednesday morning, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections released a statement announcing Hernandez "was discovered hanged in his cell," according to ESPN's Michele Steele.
Jose Baez—who represented Hernandez at his double-murder trial that ultimately resulted in a not guilty verdict last week—also suggested foul play could have been a factor.
According to TMZ Sports, Baez "has launched an investigation on behalf of Hernandez family and they are not buying the suicide story" and "believes this could be a murder either by inmates or the folks who run the prison."
Hernandez had been serving a life sentence without chance of parole after he was found guilty in the 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.