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Aaron Hernandez found hanged in cell

Aaron Hernandez found hanged in cell

A day after he was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell, an autopsy has officially determined that former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez's death was a suicide.

"The family of Aaron Hernandez has chose to donate Aaron's brain to study so that we can possibly help other young men who decide to play football and to help further that cause and also possibly shed more light on this case", Baez said.

"The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of Aaron Hernandez's death, which may require further analysis of his body", Dan Bennett, secretary of public safety and security, said in a written statement.

He also threatened to take legal action to force the release of the athlete's brain.

They say he was locked in his cell at about 8 p.m. and that no one entered until a guard saw him just after 3 a.m. and forced his way in to try to save Hernandez. According to the statement, "investigators found cardboard jammed into the door tracks of his single-inmate cell to impede entry into the cell".

Rumors swirled that Hernandez didn't leave any notes, that there was blood on his cell wall and John 3:16 written on his forehead.

Attorneys Jose Baez, left, and Ronald Sullivan, who successfully defended former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in a double-murder case, hold a briefing outside the state medical examiner's office, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Boston.

Details continue to be reported in the aftermath of the Aaron Hernandez suicide saga. The former Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later. FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 1, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) tries to break free of Buffalo Bills linebacker Chris Kelsay (90) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in.

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.

Likewise, Hernandez's former agent, Brian Murphy, is convinced he would never take his own life.

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

In Dorchester, the Boston neighborhood where Lloyd grew up, a family friend of the Lloyds wondered if the weight of Hernandez's crimes - and of great potential squandered - had finally caught up with him.

He signed a 5 year, $40 million deal with the Patriots in 2010, but hung out with a risky crowd.

Hernandez had been found guilty in April 2015 of the first-degree murder of his friend, another American footballer, the semi-professional Odin Lloyd, in 2013.

Hernandez had cried in court as that verdict was read, saying he was "very happy", but he was still serving a prison sentence for another murder.

His death came on the same day the Patriots visited the White House to mark their Super Bowl 51 comeback victory over Atlanta.


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