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Aaron Hernandez's family to donate his brain for CTE research

21 April 2017

CTE studies have indicated repeated brain trauma can trigger progressive degeneration of the brain tissue, with visible symptoms including memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, suicidality, Parkinsonism, and eventually progressive dementia, according to BU's CTE Center.

An attorney for Aaron Hernandez is accusing the state Office of the Medical Examiner of impeding Boston University researchers from obtaining Hernandez' brain for research.

Aaron Hernandez's death in prison has been officially ruled a suicide.

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.

(Photo:REUTERS/Brian Snyder) Aaron Hernandez, former player for the NFL's New England Patriots football team, attends a pre-trial hearing at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts October 9, 2013.

Hernandez had been locked into his cell at about 8 p.m. and no one entered the cell until a guard saw him just after 3 a.m. and forced his way in because cardboard had been jammed into the door track to impede entry, authorities said.

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Thompson did not say when the last time he met with Hernandez was, but he did explain that his office was preparing to appeal in the Lloyd homicide, according to the Boston Globe.

Hernandez was found hanging in his cell overnight at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the district attorney's office which prosecuted the Lloyd case, would not comment on the possibility of the conviction being vacated.

April 14, 2017: Hernandez acquitted of murder in the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

His family and legal team were "shocked and surprised" to learn of Aaron's death, his lead attorney, Jose Baez, said in a statement.

"I wanted him to suffer in jail", he said as he stood outside the Dorchester home of Furtado's mother.

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Just days after jurors acquitted Aaron Hernandez of a double murder, the ex-NFL star has committed suicide in prison. Some of Hernandez's representatives believe his death wasn't a suicide.

Fallon said he's not aware of any suicide note written by Hernandez.

Although Hernandez didn't leave behind any type of letter, it appears that he did take a marker and write something on his own body prior to his death.

But he says he has full confidence in the state Department of Correction. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He was found hanged with a bedsheet tied to a window, and he had tried to block his cell door from the inside.

The governor acknowledged there are "a million rumors" flying around, but none has been substantiated and he cautioned against jumping to conclusions.

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