Aaron Hernandez’s Suicide Note to His Fiancée Released: ‘You’re Rich’
When former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell back on April 19 after his hanging himself with his bed sheets, authorities also found his final words to the people closest to him in the form of three handwritten suicide letters.
On Friday, authorities released one of those letters, which is addressed to Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.
“You have always been my soul-mate and I want you to live life and know I’m always with you,” Hernandez’s note to her begins.
“I told you what was coming indirectly!” he writes. “I love you so much and know you are an angel — eternally! We split into two to come change the world!”
“Your characteristics is that of a true angel and the definition of God’s love!” the note continues. “Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you.”
“This was the Supremes, the Almighty’s plan, not mine!” Hernandez writes. “I love you. Let [redacted] know how much I love her. Look after [redacted] and [redacted] for me — those are my boys.”
Hernandez also put the words “you’re rich” in parenthesis, underlining them both multiple times, before ending the note with a song title: “I Knew I Loved You” by Savage Garden.
Deadspin breaks down what the ‘You’re rich’ part of the letter means:
“Hernandez’s assets, namely his house, were frozen in December 2013 as part of a civil lawsuit brought by the family of Odin Lloyd, and had another freeze applied in 2014 due to a suit on behalf of the families of Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu, of whose murders Hernandez was acquitted a few days before his suicide. Those lawsuits were pending until the completion of his double-homicide trial.
What’s on the line is not an insignificant amount of money—which makes Hernandez’s note to his fiancée (“YOU’RE RICH”) even more noteworthy.
Hernandez’s estate is currently worthless, according to an affidavit filed in probate court. His fiancée and daughter, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and Avielle Hernandez, moved out of the house in North Attleboro, Mass. after Hernandez’s 2015, and are now living in Providence, Rhode Island.
There is currently an offer down on the house, which is on the market for $1.3 million.
There are also at least two pending matters regarding Hernandez’s compensation from his time in the NFL. The NFLPA, NFL, and Patriots had agreed to table the resolution of any grievances until Hernandez’s legal issues played out. Now that he’s dead, the three parties are going to have to settle those.
- A grievance by the NFLPA over a $82,000 workout bonus the union claims Hernandez was to be paid by the Patriots but was not.
- The remaining $3.5 million of the signing bonus Hernandez was contracted to receive after his $32.9 million contract in 2012. Hernandez deferred the payment, but was arrested in the meantime. As a stop-gap in this issue, the NFL and NFLPA granted the Patriots a $1.184 million cap credit, but Hernandez (and now his estate) was still to be paid out in full.
Hernandez played three full seasons in the NFL, so his full player benefits package vested. Included in those is his pension, which is typically somewhere around $50,000 per year. Hernandez likely named his fiancée and/or his daughter as his beneficiaries.”