Aaron Hernandez's Family Wants to Donate His Brain for Research, Lawyer Says

When Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell, he had the citation of a Bible verse written on his forehead, according to multiple reports on Wednesday (April 20).

Hernandez was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell at the maximum-security Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts early Wednesday, according to corrections authorities.

"Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.by a physician at the hospital".

The 27-year-old former University of Florida standout died five days after a jury acquitted him in those two deaths, which prosecutors alleged was precipitated by one of the men accidentally spilling a drink on Hernandez at a Boston nightclub.

The state medical examiner's office is performing an autopsy on Hernandez, who was convicted of shooting and killing Odin Lloyd in 2013, as part of an investigation into the death of the former National Football League star.

He was a productive tight end for the Patriots for three seasons, catching 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns in his second year to help the team reach the Super Bowl. In 2012, he signed a five-year, US$40 million contract extension.

Town property records show it was sold outright to Hernandez for a dollar in November 2013, several months after he was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez's death occurred the same day the Patriots visit the White House to mark their remarkable win in February's Super Bowl.

Correction Department spokesman Christopher Fallon says the agency won't comment until the investigation is completed.

Despite helping the University of Florida win the 2008 NCAA championship, Hernandez dropped to the fourth round of the National Football League draft because of misbehaviour in college.

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BU's CTE Center refused to comment on the matter Thursday.

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. His name also had come up in an investigation into a shooting. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

As news of Hernandez's death spread, those who knew him and the victims in the 2012 shooting met it with a mix of disbelief, and in some cases, defiance.

The AP left phone messages for and sent emails to Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and her lawyer.

Prosecutors suggested Lloyd may have been killed to keep him quiet about the 2012 Boston killings.

"I wanted him to suffer in jail", he said as he stood outside the Dorchester home of Furtado's mother. "Each man has to live with himself".

In February, the trial began for the 2012 double murders of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were shot and killed outside of a MA bar.

Hernandez's acquittal, Monroe said, hinged on the testimony of star witness Alexander Bradley, a convict himself who he said jurors deemed unreliable. "If he hung himself not too long after ... clearly, I must have been wrong".

Hernandez grew up right here in CT. "It just doesn't add up".

Collins contributed from Hartford, Connecticut.

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