Questions abound in aftermath of NFL star Hernandez's death


Spokesman Christopher Fallon said the department of corrections will not comment until the investigation was completed.

The district attorney investigating the death said Hernandez had been alone in his cell for seven hours by the time guards found his body at 3 a.m. (0700 GMT) on Wednesday, and noted that three handwritten notes were found near a Bible in his room. The former Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.

"Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items".

The child molestation conviction of former Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan, a key figure in the clergy sex abuse scandal that rocked the Boston archdiocese, was vacated after he was beaten to death in 2003 in his cell at the same MA maximum-security prison.

Now, the medical examiner and officials have ruled his death as a suicide, according to a new report on April 20.

NBC Boston's Investigators have learned that Hernandez was found with "John 3:16" written on his forehead.

Reporters asked Baez if he thought Hernandez suffered from CTE, but Baez would only say, "We need to leave no stone unturned and we need to specifically do everything possible to find out what happened".

Baez would not say whether or not he and the family believe Hernandez had CTE, or if it was the reason for his apparent suicide yesterday at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.

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"The family does not have confidence in this medical examiner's office, specifically given the history of this case, the history of missing evidence, the history of misconduct, and the issues that came out in this trial of certain things that were done by the medical examiner's office which did not follow proper protocols", Baez said. While state officials have now said they would release the brain to the family, that announcement wasn't made until after accusations from the former New England Patriots tight end's lawyer.

Since there was no note in his cell, there is, of course, no way to know Hernandez's thinking-but Tartaro noted suicides are common before and after court dates often because of feelings of nervousness or feeling resigned to a fate away from the outside world.

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

The governor acknowledged there are "a million rumors" flying around, but none has been substantiated and he cautioned against jumping to conclusions.

Victims: Hernandez was accused of shooting dead Safiro Furtado (left) and Daniel de Abreu (right) at a Boston nightclub in 2012.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence handed down in 2015 for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

"The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of Aaron Hernandez's death, which may require further analysis of his body".

Owner Nicole Faggas told the Globe there are no plans to hold services there.