The New England Patriots will meet with President Trump in the White House Wednesday afternoon, on the same day a former teammate was discovered dead in his prison cell.

Prison officials in Massachusetts said former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself with a bedsheet in his prison room, and was discovered Wednesday morning.

The star receiver had just been acquitted of killing two people in 2012, but was still serving a life sentence after being convicted in a 2013 murder.

The grim news came just two days after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the Patriots would be in the White House to mark their Super Bowl victory in February.

"He'll also host the New England Patriots this Wednesday to congratulate them on their fifth Super Bowl win," Spicer said Monday.

Trump, who is close to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, is set to meet the team at 1:20 pm, and hold a press conference with the team at 2:30 p.m.

However, a handful of team members are not expected to attend the ceremony in a protest against Trump.