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21 April 2017

Hernandez was found hanging from the window of his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in MA on Wednesday morning. Officers reportedly immediately began trying to save his life before he was eventually taken to UMass Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.

Officials have ruled his death a suicide.

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"There were no signs of a struggle, and investigators determined that Mr. Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging", District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said in a statement. The district attorney's office said Hernandez was locked in his cell about 8 p.m. on Tuesday and no one entered the cell until a corrections officer spotted him.

The cell was processed by State Police Detectives and Crime Scene Service Troopers.

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Authorities say investigators found three handwritten notes next to a Bible inside the maximum-security prison cell where the ex-NFL star was found hanging early Wednesday. Baez told reporters the family had made arrangements with the university to coordinate the removal of Hernandez's brain according to specific protocols, and that the medical examiner's office is "holding Aaron Hernandez's brain illegally".

Now comes word from Jose Baez that Hernandez's family has chose to donate the former Patriots tight end's brain to Boston University for CTE studies.

CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) is the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to football players who have suffered repeated blows to the head.

The family of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who died of what officials say was suicide, plans to donate his brain for study, but Hernandez's lawyer has accused the medical examiner of "illegally" withholding it. But Thursday afternoon, standing outside a medical examiner's office before a crowd of television cameras and reporters, he said he wanted to discuss something else: the future of his client's brain.

The former University of Florida and New England Patriots star tight end had been serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend.

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The Faggas Funeral Home in Watertown, Massachusetts, confirmed to the AP that it received the body but that funeral services will likely be held elsewhere for the CT native. State police spokesman Dave Procopio also cited the "active" investigation in not releasing more information. "It's literally a destruction of evidence issue".

The 5,800-square-foot, five-bedroom, seven-bathroom house that he bought not far from Gillette Stadium for $1.3 million in November 2012 is still up for sale.

'If he killed himself, it is the only explanation, ' a source close to the Hernandez family said. It was put on the market for $1.5 million in March 2016, but the price has since dropped to $1.3 million.

Aaron Hernandez's death in prison - just days after the former National Football League star was cleared of additional murder charges - remains shrouded in mystery.

Attorneys for Lloyd's mother have placed an attachment on the house as part of a lawsuit against Hernandez. Hernandez's apparent suicide came five days after he was acquitted for the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. The Internal Revenue Service has a $117,395 tax lien on the property.

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