NFL players, Twitter react to Aaron Hernandez's prison suicide

Former and current NFL players reacted to news of Aaron Hernandez's prison suicide on Wednesday, expressing remorse in the wake of the former New England Patriots player's death.

"I thought he was about to appeal his case. Wow," wrote former New York Jets player Antonio Cromartie.

Current Jets defensive end also reacted to the news on Wednesday, simply writing "R.I.P. Aaron Hernandez."

Click through to see Twitter reactions to the shocking news:

16 PHOTOS
NFL players, Twitter react to Aaron Hernandez's suicide
See Gallery
NFL players, Twitter react to Aaron Hernandez's suicide
R.I.P Aaron Hernandez
#RIP Aaron Hernandez...something doesn't feel right about him committing suicide... #prayingfor✌🏾... GOOD MORNING TO ALL...
Damn man... Aaron Hernandez wow. Had everything he wanted in life then lost it all. RIP.... damn
RIP Aaron Hernandez
I don't care what anyone says. That was the homie. And no one deserves to go out like that.
Are people really upset that a MURDERER killed himself? Literally have no idea why people are upset about Aaron Hernandez
Aaron Hernandez essentially did what the guy from Cleveland did so why doe he get sympathy? Because he can catch a football ? Please
I thought he was about to appeal his case. Wow🤔🤔🤔 https://t.co/XFm6DzGzC6
I see a lot of people celebrating Aaron Hernandez death. Just remember his daughter, family, and his victims family are going through a lot.
Instead of using this time to mock suicide, I will use it to feel heartbroken for Aaron Hernandez's 4-year-old daug… https://t.co/fVCzCHCADS
I don't condone a single disgusting thing Aaron Hernandez did, but my heart hurts for his daughter on so many levels
Hernandez wins a murder trial.. and then commits suicide. Something doesn't add up. Regardless, RIP Aaron Hernandez.
You're telling me Aaron Hernandez gets acquitted of a DOUBLE-murder and then commits suicide? I smell foul play.
Pray for the soul and family of Aaron Hernandez. https://t.co/ulqmsuRykk
This is sad 👎🏾🙏🏾🌹 https://t.co/miFWGg2GNb https://t.co/NclOlk0b8a
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Snoop Dogg even spoke out on Hernandez's death, Jackson offering prayer and Snoop deeming the death "sad."

Hernandez hanged himself in the jail cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, just days after being acquitted of a second murder charge, state prison officials said on Wednesday.

Hernandez, 27, was a rising star in the National Football League when he was arrested in June 2013 and accused of murdering an acquaintance near his Massachusetts home. He was convicted of that killing and sentenced to life in prison in 2015, but on Friday he was found not guilty of a 2012 double murder.

RELATED: A look back at Aaron Hernandez's NFL career

19 PHOTOS
Aaron Hernandez's football career
See Gallery
Aaron Hernandez's football career
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez runs after a catch against the Washington Redskins during the first half of their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland December 11, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (L) scores a touchdown as he is tackled by Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea in the second quarter of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts November 21, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - CIRCA 2010: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez talks on a phone during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis January 31, 2012. The New York Giants will play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on February 5. REUTERS/Brent Smith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
19 September 2010: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (85) makes a catch over the middle as New York Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery (26) defends during the first half the New England Patriots vs New York Jets game at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Photo by Rich Kane/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
ATLANTA - AUGUST 19: Tight end Aaron Hernandez #85 of the New England Patriots jogs off of the field during halftime during the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on August 19, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 27 : Tight end Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots looks on during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 27, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 38 to 20. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 27: Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots looks up after he was tackled by the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 27, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 31: Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots answers questions from the media during Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 31, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 27: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez after practice. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 13: Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez didn't take part in the workout, but it didn't stop him from enjoying himself as the New England Patriots held a training camp workout this afternoon outside of Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 27: The New England Patriots held practice at the practice fields at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady, left, and Aaron Hernandez take a break. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 28: The New England Patriots held practice at the practice fields at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady, left, and Aaron Hernandez chat on the sidelines. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 10: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on the sidelines as the clock winds down in his team's 42-14 victory over the Houston Texans. The New England Patriots hosted the Houston Texans in an NFL Monday Night Football game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots leaves the field during a game with New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - OCTOBER 14: Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, right, returned to the lineup, and on New England's first play from scrimmage, he caught a pass from Tom Brady, not pictured, and stiff armed Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright, left, as he picked up some yardage after the catch. The New England Patriots visited the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL regular season game at CenturyLink Field. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 23: New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez makes a catch during warm up before they play the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.