Hernandez’s death is now being investigated by the Massachusetts state medical examiner’s office and is being overseen by the Worcester District Attorney and the Department of Corrections, the Boston Globe reported.
Hernandez had been acquitted of murder chargers in the death of two men in 2012 just five days earlier. He was serving life without parole for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.
The passage, which is among the most oft-cited from the Bible, reads “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Hernandez was no stranger to marking his body with religious references. He had “God forgives” tattooed on one of his arms next to an image of a gun, a tattoo that prosecutors contended was a confession during Hernandez’s double-murder trial earlier this year.
The Globe also reported that Hernandez made a telephone call to his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez about seven hours before his body was found hanging from a bedsheet in his cell. Jenkins-Hernandez has yet to issue a public comment, nor has Hernandez’s brother or mother.