Lawyer says former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez talked to fiancee before death

  • Tight end Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots scores on the opening drive of the second half in Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants on Sunday, February 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Hernandez was found hanged in his prison cell Wednesday morning, officials said. Lionel Hahn

Thursday, April 20, 2017

BOSTON  — One of Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers says the ex-NFL star spoke with his fiancee hours before his apparent suicide in prison.

The Boston Globe says Hernandez attorney Ronald Sullivan wrote in an email Thursday that the former New England Patriots tight end was on the phone with Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez about seven hours before he was found hanging in his Massachusetts cell early Wednesday.

The couple had a 4-year-old daughter together. Hernandez blew kisses to the girl two days before his acquittal in a double-murder case.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 slaying.

Hernandez’s body was released to the Faggas Funeral Home in Watertown, Massachusetts, after an autopsy.

Owner Nicole Faggas tells the Globe there are no plans to hold services there. She says the body will be shipped to another location, but she declined to say where.