Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Dispute emerges over release of ex-NFL star Hernandez's brain

When Aaron Hernandez was discovered in his cell after an apparent suicide Wednesday morning, the former National Football League star had "John 3:16" scrawled across his forehead, according to several local reports.

Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had the words "John 3:16" written on his forehead when his body was found in his prison cell Wednesday morning, WBZ reports.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 murder of his friend Odin Lloyd.

"The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron's death", Baez said in a statement Wednesday.

"It is our position that they are holding Aaron Hernandez's brain illegally", Baez told reporters, adding that Hernandez's legal team would head "straight to court" if it did not "get answers and answers quickly". Both the Massachusetts State Police and prison plan to do a formal investigation into Aaron's passing.

Baez isn't the only one who believes something went afoul. The attorney called the office's actions a "gross mishandling of something so sensitive" and said it was a "destruction of evidence issue". Hernandez is a 16-year-old student at Bristol Central High School at the time.

IN MEMORIAM: Celebrities and notable figures who have recently passed away Hernandez was moved to tears on Friday after he was acquitted of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston. The Boston University CTE Center is one of the leading research efforts to diagnose and understand the disease, which can result in violent mood swings, memory loss and other cognitive difficulties. "Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window", read the statement.

April 19, 2017: Hernandez found hanging by a bed sheet in his prison cell, dies at hospital. He also jammed his cell door to delay entry. We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation.

Baez had earlier Thursday been furious over the delay over the release of the brain and had threatened to sue the state for possession.

Hernandez's body was released to the Faggas Funeral Home in Watertown, Massachusetts, after an autopsy. It was not immediately clear what those notes said.

Baker also warned against jumping to any conclusions: "There are a million rumors flying out there. None of them have been substantiated".

Brian Murphy, Hernandez's former agent Tweeted he didn't believe his former client killed himself.

The AP left phone messages for and sent emails to Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and her lawyer.

News of the death came just hours before his former New England Patriots teammates visited the White House Wednesday to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.

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

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