It was shocking to learn on Wednesday morning that former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez committed suicide while in prison - and a new report reveals even more chilling details pertaining to the incident.
Mr. Hernandez was locked in his cell about 8 p.m. and no one entered the cell until a correction officer observed him at 3:03 a.m. and forced his way through the impeded door to render aid. The former Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later. Before his death, which has been ruled a suicide, Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez was found hanging in his cell in Shirley's Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center early Tuesday morning, authorities said. At the White House event in the afternoon, Republican President Trump congratulated the Super Bowl champions but made no mention of Hernandez. He was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder.
Prison officials said they are not aware of any suicide note written by Hernandez and they had no concern that Hernandez might take his own life.More news: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski crashes White House press briefing
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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.
Baez explained that Hernandez's legal team had made arrangements to have his brain released to the university, but that the medical examiner's office suddenly chose to withhold it.More news: Malcolm Mitchell: 'Almost brought me to tears' to be mentioned by president
The suicide announcement came five days after a Boston jury acquitted Hernandez on Good Friday in the drive-by shooting murders of two men he had encountered in a night club in 2012.
Mr. Hernandez, 27, was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell shortly after 3 a.m. on Wednesday.
When asked if he believes CTE played a role in Hernandez's death, Baez demurred. He issued a statement Wednesday saying that Hernandez's family and legal team are "shocked and surprised" at the news of his death. Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. The team's owner, Robert Kraft, and coach, Bill Belichick did not address Hernandez's death in their remarks and players declined to comment on it.More news: Ontario to tax foreign buyers, expand rent control to cool housing market
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