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Hernandez hangs self in Mass. prison cell

21 April 2017

The former New England Patriots tight end was discovered by guards shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday, Correction Department spokesman Christopher Fallon told KABC-TV.

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File).

WBZ also reported law enforcement officials are checking into whether Hernandez "may have smoked synthetic marijuana called K2 Tuesday night".

Investigators officially ruled Aaron Hernandez's death a suicide and released new details about the circumstances of his hanging on Thursday. He had attempted to block the door from the inside by jamming it with various items, prison officials said.

The 27-year-old American footballer was found unresponsive in his prison cell on Wednesday morning, just after 3am and was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.

Hernandez's longtime friend, Miami Dolphin Mike Pouncey, posted on Instagram that he had spoken to Hernandez a day before his death, calling him "my brother".

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Aaron Hernandez's family will donate his brain to the Boston University CTE Center for research, his attorney Jose Baez said at a press conference Thursday.

Jenkins appeared in court with the couple's daughter when Hernandez was acquitted of the double murder last week.

The District Attorney investigating the death said Hernandez's brain would be released to his family now that an investigation of the body by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had been completed.

Jose Baez says Baden is on tap to examine the remains of the ex-NFL star, a convicted murderer who was found hanging in his prison cell Wednesday in MA.

"We're not suggesting anything", he said. You go to where the evidence takes you. "We need to examine every aspect of this case".

CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) is the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to football players who have suffered repeated blows to the head. "We're very lucky that Boston University is right here in our backyard and we want to take full advantage of the resources". Researchers also prefer to receive the entire brain as a small piece may not tell the whole story, he added.

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Other questions surrounding Hernandez's death still remain unanswered. Touchdown Hernandez! Reporter: And had a contract worth $40 million.

Aaron Hernandez's death in prison - just days after the former National Football League star was cleared of additional murder charges - remains shrouded in mystery. He was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.

Last week, Hernandez was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston. Hernandez's apparent suicide came five days after he was acquitted for the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. He issued a statement Wednesday saying that Hernandez's family and legal team are "shocked and surprised" at the news of his death.

The home where Aaron Hernandez lived when he was accused of murder is still on the market.

The 5,800-square-foot house with 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms was put on the market for $1.5 million in March 2016.

Attorneys for Lloyd's mother have placed an attachment on the house as part of their civil suit against Hernandez. The Internal Revenue Service has a $117,395 lien on the property.

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It is unclear if Hernandez was able to watch the Patriots' most recent Super Bowl win at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.