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Aaron Hernandez's brain to be turned over for CTE research

21 April 2017

Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots football player, was found hanged to death in his prison cell in MA early today, the State Corrections Department reports.

The family of Aaron Hernandez plans to donate his brain to scientists to determine whether he had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to a number of National Football League athletes.

Baez said the family has received the rest of Hernandez's body but his brain has been kept for the medical examiner's own study.

The District Attorney for Worcester County, the site of the prison where Hernandez died, on Thursday said Hernandez's official cause of death was asphyxia by hanging.

Authorities in MA say Aaron Hernandez's brain is being turned over to university researchers now that they've ruled his death in prison a suicide.

BOSTON (AP) - Aaron Hernandez's body was released to a funeral home following an autopsy, but government officials on Thursday refused to release more information about the circumstances behind his apparent suicide in a maximum-security prison.

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Three handwritten notes were found next to a Bible in the cell, according to the statement from Early as well as Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon and Secretary of Public Safety Daniel Bennett. He said officials had no reason to believe Hernandez might take his life, and if they had had any such worries, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit.

Cardboard was jammed into the door tracks of Hernandez's single-inmate cell, which Early's office said was to impede entry into the cell.

No suicide note was left, but sources told Fox25Boston that "John 3:16" was written on his forehead and the wall of his prison cell.

He had been serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend, Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez had a $41 million contract with the New England Patriots when he was arrested at his home in June 2013 and charged with the fatal shooting.

Investigations are now ongoing to discover what reasons Hernandez may have had to make the decision to take his own life since things seemed to be getting better for him.

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Hernandez's agent and lawyer added fuel to the fire by saying that they didn't think Hernandez would take his own life.

"We all can not believe it", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol.

Authorities said that Hernandez, 27, did not leave a suicide note and was not under suicide watch at his MA prison, where he had been since his 2015 conviction of the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.

The 5,800-square-foot, five-bedroom, seven-bathroom house that he bought not far from Gillette Stadium for $1.3 million in November 2012 is still up for sale.

The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.

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