Doubts have surfaced that Aaron J. Hernandez, the 27-year-old former NFL player serving a life sentence in a Massachusetts prison for killing Odin Lloyd in 2013, may not have died through a suicide hanging in his cell Wednesday. One of Hernandez's lawyers in a double murder trial that resulted in his acquittal on Friday, as well as Hernandez's former agent, have publicly questioned whether the former New England Patriots star would take his own life.

“There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible. Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence,” Hernandez's attorney Jose Baez said in a statement. “Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death. We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation.”

There was no suicide note found in Hernandez's cell and he was not considered a suicide risk, according to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.

Brian Murphy, who served as Hernandez's agent, posted on Twitter: "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."

ESPN reporter Josina Anderson posted on Twitter that a former Patriots teammate may have suggested foul play. 

ESPN reporter Ian O'Connor posted a report Wednesday afternoon that ended: "In his final days, even as a convicted murderer, Aaron Hernandez didn't come across as haunted. He actually looked like a guy who had a little something to live for."

Corrections Department spokesman Christopher Fallon said Hernandez was in a single cell at the maximum security state prison and had tried to block his cell door by jamming various items to prevent officers from entering. He had hanged himself by a bed sheet attached to a window, Fallon added.

According to state records compiled by the Boston Globe, Hernandez marks the 27th recorded suicide at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center since 2010 and the second of 2017.

An investigation will be overseen by Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.’s office and a medical examiner will conduct an autopsy at its Boston facility.