Roughly 12 hours after former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's death in his MA prison cell, the team he once played for was on the South Lawn of the White House celebrating their fifth Super Bowl championship.
In addition, Hernandez was found with red marks on his hands and feet, and a Bible was found in his cell, open to John 3:16, WFXT-TV reported. The district attorney's office said investigators found cardboard jammed into the door tracks of Hernandez's cell to impede entry inside.
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. He was serving life without parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd - a semi-pro football player who was dating Aaron's fiancée and baby mama [Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez]'s sister.
The District Attorney for Worcester County, the site of the prison where Hernandez died, on Thursday said Hernandez's official cause of death was asphyxia by hanging. Simpson was found innocent and set free; Hernandez was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.
In light of Hernandez's death, the state will probably vacate Hernandez's conviction in the coming months.
"No one is going to stand in the way of the family's wishes for Boston University to have Aaron Hernandez's brain", Public Safety and Security Secretary Dan Bennett said in a statement. Thus, many sports fans are shocked to hear that Aaron has taken his own life. Baez announced he quickly launched an investigation into his death on behalf of the Hernandez family.
Hernandez, who had been convicted Friday only of an illegal gun charge, was in a single cell in a general population unit at the prison, Fallon said.
Hernandez's brain will be donated to Boston University's CTE Center, Jose Baez said, when the medical examiner releases it.
The former National Football League star's death left friends, family and his legal team shocked and in disbelief, searching for an explanation. The team's owner, Robert Kraft, and coach, Bill Belichick did not address Hernandez's death in their remarks and players declined to comment on it.
"The family should be able to have the dignity of a proper service in the proper possession of Aaron's remains", Baez told reporters after exiting the medical examiner's office.
'Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence'.
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