Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Families Of Aaron Hernandez's Alleged Victims Battle Over NFL Star's Estate

The former National Football League star was rushed to a hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead at approximately 4:07am (0807 GMT).

Hernandez's former agent, Brian Murphy, tweeted on Wednesday morning that there was "absolutely no chance" that he took his own life.

The widely quoted verse says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life", and a Bible found in his cell was reportedly opened to that page.

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.

Authorities in MA say Aaron Hernandez's brain is being turned over to university researchers now that they've ruled his death in prison a suicide.

If any of the issues touched on by Hernandez's story have affected you, please call Samaritans on 116 123. Hernandez had just signed the $40 million contract with the Patriots in August 2012 after a strong performance that season.

Authorities on Thursday clamped down on releasing more details about Hernandez's apparent suicide.

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. He said officials had no reason to believe Hernandez might take his life, and if they had had any such worries, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit.

Baden, who didn't immediately comment, has performed autopsies in several high-profile cases, including the death of Michael Brown, a black teen who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.

The source said the family is "seriously considering" donating Hernandez's brain to see if injuries could have affected his thinking.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 slaying.

"I'm not going to draw any conclusions about this until the investigation is finished", Baker said.

Jose Baez, Hernandez's attorney in his recent double murder trial, has also declined further comment.

One of Aaron Hernandez's lawyers says the ex-NFL star spoke with his fiancee hours before his apparent suicide in prison.

But the Patriots released him in 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

The Faggas Funeral Home in Watertown, Massachusetts, confirmed to the AP that it received the body but that funeral services will likely be held elsewhere for the CT native. That's the conviction that got him sentenced to life without parole. A lawyer who represents Lloyd's mother said she's moving forward with a wrongful-death lawsuit against Hernandez's estate.

Many other questions remain unanswered, including why Hernandez would kill himself just days after the he was cleared of two murder charges.

Hernandez's death came on the same day that his former Patriots teammates were visiting President Donald Trump and the White House.

"When the verdict was said, a lot of people were emotional, and I looked over and I thought he was crying tears of joy", said Monroe, who sat on the Suffolk County jury that acquitted Hernandez in the murders of Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28.

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