The 27-year-old former National Football League tight end hung himself early on Wednesday in the cell where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance, dying less than a week after he was cleared of a separate double-murder charge, according to state officials.
The District Attorney investigating the death said Hernandez's brain would be released to his family now that an investigation of the body by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had been completed.
Hernandez's family wanted his brain turned over to Boston University's CTE center, his attorney Jose Baez said. The center studies chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition linked to the sort of repeated head hits common in football that can lead to aggression and dementia later in life.
Baez, who successfully defended Hernandez in his most recent trial, on Thursday said the medical examiner's office had turned over Hernandez's remains to his family but retained his brain. He said officials at the office had told him they wanted to study the brain themselves.Read more at Reuters