Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff
One of Aaron Hernandez’s former teammates at the University of Florida, offensive lineman Mike Pouncey, posted his reaction to the news of Hernandez’s death on Instagram Wednesday.
Hernandez died by suicide Wednesday at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, where he was serving a life sentence after his conviction in the death of Odin Lloyd.
“To my friend my brother!” wrote Pouncey, who now plays for the Miami Dolphins. “Through thick and thin right or wrong we never left each other’s side. Today my heart hurts as I got the worse news I could have imagined. It was just a day ago we shared our last convo. I will forever miss you and love you bro. we will meet again rest easy!
Hernandez and Pouncey remained close after leaving college for the NFL. Pouncey was served with a grand jury subpoena after a Dolphins-Patriots game in 2013 that was connected to a Massachusetts State Police investigation into Hernandez’s alleged involvement in gun trafficking.
Pouncey’s name also came up in Hernandez’s recent double murder trial when prosecutors wanted to use a recording of a call between Hernandez and Pouncey, but were denied. Hernandez was found not guilty in that case.
Another former teammate at Florida, defensive back Ahmad Black, also posted about Hernandez on Instagram.
Black and Hernandez both played on Florida’s 2008 national championship team and played key roles in the Gators’ victory over Oklahoma in the title game.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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