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21 April 2017, 09:47 | Gladys Abbott
He added that he was not making any claims about whether Hernandez suffered from CTE, or whether concussions may have have played into his suicide.
The former football star even gave away most of his personal belongings to fellow inmates and covered the floor of his cell in soap, according to a well-paced source.
A MA prosecutor said on Thursday the state would release the brain of New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez after his attorney accused the state of reneging on a deal to do so the day after he was found dead in his prison cell.
"From one day to the next, the medical examination office here - specifically a Doctor Nields - has determined that his office will retain the brain of Aaron Hernandez, and that their office is better equipped than Boston's CTE unit, which is the most renowned in the world, as it relates to CTE studies", Baez said. The former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer committed suicide early Wednesday morning and that final act may set off a long string of legal challenges and financial squabbles.
His death came hours before his former New England Patriots teammates visited the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.
"If it's not preserved properly, they won't be able to take proper specimens and we won't be able to get the information and the knowledge we want", said Baez.
Christopher Fallon, the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Communications of the Massachusetts Department of Correction, sent out a message after Hernandez's death on Wednesday.
Officers at Souza-Baranowski Correction Center in Shirley tried to save Hernandez's life and took him to UMass-Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster where he was pronounced dead by a physician at 4.07am.
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It may never be clear why Hernandez would kill himself just days after he was cleared of two additional murder charges. "Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items".
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he wasn't drawing any conclusions until the full details of investigation are revealed. Mr. Hernandez's next of kin have been notified'. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
"There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible", Baez said. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence", he said.
A 2015 Department of Justice report said suicide accounted for 34 percent of all deaths in jail in 2013, and had been the leading cause of death since 2000.
Hernandez's family wanted his brain turned over to Boston University's CTE centre, his attorney Jose Baez said.
He said the brain was supposed to be picked up at 10 a.m. Thursday, but the medical examiner's office reversed course at the last minute and chose to keep the brain and conduct its own study.
But he accused the medical examiner of changing the terms of the agreement and refusing to release the brain to Boston University, in favor of the state preparing it for research.
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