Erratic behavior and the willingness to commit suicide are serious symptoms associated with CTE, making Hernandez's brain all the more intriguing to analyze.
Three hand-written notes and a Bible were found, but the district attorney's office did not say what was on the notes.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. While the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released Hernandez's body on Wednesday, they withheld some tissue, including his brain, until they declared the cause of death.
MA officials announced Thursday afternoon that the brain of former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez would be released after his family said it was being illegally withheld.
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"We're here to prevent something tragic from happening to his remains", Baez said, who wants the brain studied at Boston University because the school's CTE Center "is the finest lab in the country to be able to do this".
"It is literally a destruction of evidence issue", said Jose Baez on Thursday.
"There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible", said Baez. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence", he added.
Mr. Hernandez was serving a life sentence after being convicted of first-degree murder in 2015 in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro. And the state medical examiner's office declined to comment on the status of its autopsy or the release of Hernandez's body. That's the MA jurisdiction where Hernandez was tried and convicted in the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd. He said officials at the office had told him they wanted to study the brain themselves.
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When asked earlier Thursday if he accepted that Hernandez's death was a suicide, Baez said, "We'll accept the determination after an investigation is complete".
Hernandez, 27, died in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center Wednesday morning.
Hernandez reportedly used cardboard to block his door and keep officers from coming into his cell.
He was pronounced dead about an hour later at UMass-Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Correction.
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