Aaron Hernandez‘s death has officially been ruled a suicide.
Hernandez’s family and legal team were shocked by the terrible news, as the 27-year-old showed no signs he was suicidal — some even questioned if the suicide was staged to cover up a murder by his fellow inmates.
But new evidence, along with a cause of death confirmation, confirms the former NFL athlete did, in fact, take his own life.
The Worcester District Attorney’s Office said officers recovered three handwritten suicide notes next to a Bible in his single-inmate cell. Two of these notes were addressed to specific people, while the third was addressed to the public.
Investigators determined Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging, and saw “no signs of a struggle.” They also found “cardboard jammed into the door tracks of his single-inmate cell to impede entry into the cell.”
As for the prisoner’s cause of death, the attorney’s office issued the following statement:
“Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields performed an autopsy on Mr. Hernandez on Wednesday and concluded today that the manner of death was suicide and the cause asphyxia by hanging.”
Authorities say now that the cause of death has officially been determined, Hernandez’s brain will be donated to Boston University‘s CTE Center per his family’s wishes.
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