The family of Aaron Hernandez plans to donate his brain to scientists to determine whether he had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to a number of National Football League athletes.
It was Jose Baez - the family attorney - who first revealed the family's intentions to donate the brain to help advance with the study of CTE. 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".
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.
According to the statement, investigators said cardboard was jammed into the door in an attempt to "impede entry into the cell".
When Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell on Wednesday morning, he reportedly had a Bible scripture written on his forehead in a blood red marker.
Aaron was not believed to be of suicidal nature at the time of his death and was just acquitted on Friday of a double homicide he was accused of committing back in 2012 after someone allegedly spilled a drink on him in a nightclub.
"The family should be able to have the dignity of a proper service in the proper possession of Aaron's remains", Baez said after exiting the medical examiner's office.
Details continue to be reported in the aftermath of the Aaron Hernandez suicide saga. The former tight end was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead about an hour later.
Aaron Hernandez, formerly of the New England Patriots, practices before a game in 2012. That's the conviction that got him sentenced to life without parole.
Even as Hernandez's death was labeled a suicide, some of the ex-NFL player's family and friends insisted that he would never have done such a thing to himself.
The question of why Hernandez would end his own life might go unanswered. "As it relates on whether it is a suicide or not, we don't make that call until everything is done", he said.
Guards discovered the body of Hernandez hanging by a bedsheet from a cell window at a maximum security state prison not far from the Patriots' home stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Hernandez signed a seven-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots prior to the 2012 season.
Hernandez had been found guilty in April 2015 of the first-degree murder of his friend, another American footballer, the semi-professional Odin Lloyd, in 2013.
His death also came just hours before his former New England Patriots teammates visited the White House Wednesday to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.
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