The death of ex-New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez has been officially ruled a suicide, announced by the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office Thursday afternoon.
Hernandez was found in his cell hung by a bed sheet in the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass early Wednesday morning he was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Hernandez was also found with the scripture “John 3.16”, which reads “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.” Inside of the cell, a bible was found open on this verse along with three handwritten notes.
Jose Baez, Hernandez’s attorney in his last trial stated earlier Thursday that Hernandez’s family had decided to donate his brain Boston University researchers studying the progressive brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The Worcester County District Attorney’s Office said now that the death investigation had concluded, the brain would be released to Boston University’s CTE Center.