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Aaron Hernandez's friends and family question prison death

21 April 2017

Psychotherapist Dr. Karen Ruskin said it's hard to know what was going through Hernandez's mind leading up to his death.

CBS Boston is now reporting that law enforcement is looking into the possibility that Hernandez smoked a synthetic marijuana named "K2" before the apparent suicide.

The medical examiner's office wants to prepare the brain for study and declined to turn it over to Boston University, according to Reuters. "It is literally a destruction of evidence".

"No one is going to stand in the way of the family's wishes", said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett, whose office oversees the medical examiner.

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Removing a conviction after the death of a high profile defendant has happened before in recent history.

The news comes as his death has been ruled a suicide, officials announced in a release today that also says the convicted killer and ex-Patriot jammed cardboard in the door of his cell before taking his own life.

It's generally best for researchers to get access to a brain within hours of death to determine the presence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or other neurodegenerative diseases, said Dr.

The body of the 27-year-old former athlete was found hanging from a bed sheet at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. A prison friend of Hernandez is now in isolation on "eyeball suicide watch", WBZ-TV reports. "We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation". Law enforcement sources told ABC News that Hernandez was found with the Bible verse John 3:16 written across his forehead in red marker. State police spokesman Dave Procopio also cited the "active" investigation in not releasing more information.

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However, it's unclear what assets Hernandez still has, after years of battling to clear his name in the courts.

Kennedy says once Hernandez's conviction in the Odin Lloyd murder is vacated, the Patriots may be contractually obligated to pay his estate bonus money that was stopped when he was arrested.

Left behind: Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and their daughter (both pictured last Wednesday), 4, may inherit some of his money.

Last week, Hernandez was acquitted of all but a gun charge in a lengthy trial in the 2012 shooting deaths of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu.

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Security services have said that he had figured in intelligence reports but they had not viewed him as a militant threat. Akilov, who was asked by the judge to remove the sweater from his head, made no comment at the start of the hearing.

This is where things could conceivably get complicated for the National Football League, the Patriots, and Hernandez's family. In 2012, he signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension.