Before Aaron Hernandez hung himself with a bedsheet inside of his prison cell, the former New England Patriots tight end used a red marker to write a Bible verse from John 3:16 across his forehead.
The verse, which is among the most widely quoted in Christianity, addresses “God’s love for the world and His supreme sacrifice.”
“For God loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” the verse read.
Hernandez’s Bible in his cell was also open to that verse.
Prison officials said that the 27-year-old former football star, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, hung himself with a bedsheet at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.
Officials said Aaron Hernandez showed no signs he would want to take his own life.
Authorities have opened an investigation into Hernandez’s death.
Five days earlier, a jury found Hernandez not guilty of the double homicide of two immigrants gunned down in a drive-by shooting back in 2012. However, he was still serving life for the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd.
According to CBS in Boston, sources revealed investigators believe one of the last people to see Hernandez is a friend who is now in isolation on “eyeball suicide watch.”
The sources also indicated that authorities are examining the possibility that the Hernandez may have smoked synthetic marijuana called K2 on Tuesday.