Aaron Hernandez found hanged in cell

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

Now that that's not in question, officials say the brain will be released to Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center in accordance with the wishes of Hernandez's family.

It was Jose Baez - the family attorney - who first revealed the family's intentions to donate the brain to help advance with the study of CTE.

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.

When asked earlier Thursday if he accepted that Hernandez's death was a suicide, Baez said, "We'll accept the determination after an investigation is complete".

Three handwritten notes were found in the cell but the contents weren't immediately released and authorities said there was no indication of foul play. 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.

According to WCVB, there were several drawings in blood on the cell walls, including a reference to the Bible verse John 3:16.

The former Patriots tight end, who had recently been acquitted of a double-murder but was serving a life sentence on a separate murder conviction, was declared to have hanged himself with a bed sheet. There is no word yet from the coroner who performed the autopsy but Baez also said that they meant to launch their own investigation on the matter.

The family of Aaron Hernandez is not convinced that the former National Football League star committed suicide. Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet and was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

Last week, Hernandez was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he wasn't drawing any conclusions until the full details of investigation are revealed.

ESPN reports say Hernandez had referenced a popular bible verse on his forehead, prior to taking his own life.

MA authorities on Thursday confirmed their initial determination that Aaron Hernandez committed suicide by hanging himself in his prison cell.

White also said while the trial may have related to his death, it likely wasn't the only cause.

Baez said Hernandez's family wanted to donate his brain to the CTE Center at Boston University, which has studied the disease for years.

The Patriots could be contractually obligated to pay Hernandez's estate $3.5 million as part of a salary bonus that was never given to him because of his murder arrest in 2013, according to CBS Boston.

Hernandez was a star player for the New England Patriots when he bought the house not far from Gillette Stadium for $1.3 million in November 2012 through a corporation. That means Hernandez will likely have his conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd - in addition to the gun charge associated with it - overturned.

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