Aaron Hernandez's brain to be released to CTE researchers

Hernandez was born in Bristol, Connecticut, and was a star tight end at the University of Florida.

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections said in a statement that officers found the 27-year-old hanging in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley at 3:05 a.m. Hernandez was then transported to UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.

Hernandez attempted to barricade his cell door with various items.

Mr. Hernandez was housed in a single cell in the general prison population, the statement said.

Aaron Hernandez had the Bible verse "John 3:16" scrawled on his forehead when he was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday, reports say.

MassLive reports Salvi III was convicted of first-degree murder in 1996, but the charge was wiped when he committed suicide - like Hernandez - in his jail cell.

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Baez, who successfully defended Hernandez in his most recent trial, on Thursday said the medical examiner's office had turned over Hernandez' remains to his family but retained his brain. When asked if he accepted the ruling, Baez said, "We'll accept the determination after an investigation is complete".

Hernandez's attorney, Jose Baez, said his firm also will launch its own investigation. Some of Hernandez's representatives believe his death wasn't a suicide.

Hernandez's former agent, Brian Murphy, tweeted on Wednesday morning that there was "absolutely no chance" that he took his own life. "I had never been involved in a case with so much reasonable doubt". On Friday, he had been acquitted of a double-murder in Boston. According to ESPN's Roger Cossack, Hernandez's legal team can file motions to vacate the conviction through a legal rule called "abatement ab initio".

Hernandez was appealing the verdict. But for what it's worth, Lloyd's family still has a civil suit against Hernandez pending, so any money the Hernandez estate potentially receives might not stay with the estate for very long.

Hernandez was no stranger to marking his body with religious references.

Prosecutors had accused the former National Football League star of shooting the men because his drink had been spilled inside the club. Hernandez was acquitted just days ago of the 2012 shootings of two other men in Boston. At the White House event in the afternoon, President Donald Trump congratulated the Super Bowl champions but made no mention of Hernandez.

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