Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his cell after he expressed optimism in recorded phone calls from prison. Medical examiners concluded that Hernandez hung himself with a bedsheet in April 2017. Despite this, the calls, which were heavily redacted and only included his side of the conversations, showed an upbeat Hernandez just hours before his death. The phone call recordings were made public after a public-records battle waged by The Boston Globe and WBUR in Boston. The article also includes a promotional link and an image, both of which will remain unchanged.