Aaron Hernandez's brain to be released for CTE tests

UPDATE: The Worcester District Attorney's Office released a statement Thursday, after Baez's press conference, ruling Hernandez's death a suicide.

Hernandez was found hanging in his jail cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correction Center at 3:03 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Authorities offered few answers after the 27-year-old Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in MA.

"Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.by a physician at the hospital".

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In addition to the message that Hernandez reportedly left on his forehead, investigators found three notes written next to a bible that was in his cell. He was serving life for the 2013 first-degree murder of fellow football player Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez's family wants to see if the former football player had the brain condition many former NFL players have been posthumously diagnosed with that is caused by repeated hits to the head and neck area.

Family members of Aaron Hernandez have asked a judge to order MA prison officials to preserve evidence so they can investigate the circumstances of his death.

Baez said the family made arrangements for the Boston University CTE Unit to take possession of the brain, and the medical examiner's office agreed to those plans.

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Furthermore, Boston's WHDH is reporting that at least one DOC officer could be facing discipline for Hernandez's suicide. Team spokesman Stacey James said the Patriots were aware of the reports of Hernandez's suicide but didn't anticipate the club commenting on it Wednesday. "They have released the body and withheld Aaron's brain", attorney Jose Baez said Thursday afternoon.

Baez said officials from the chief medical examiner's office told him they wanted to prepare the brain for study. He said that the next step is "part of the investigation" and that they are "leaving no stone unturned". Here is the biblical verse: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life".

The Bible in Hernandez's cell was open to the same verse, according to Boston's Fox25.

"The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron's death", Baez said in a statement. Sources told WCVB that water and shampoo were also found on the cell's floor.

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Hernandez was found not guilty in the 2012 death of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado on Friday April 14, 2017.

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