Aaron Hernandez had Bible verse scrawled on his forehead

The 27-year-old was serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Loyd.

Still, he was a productive tight end for the Patriots for three seasons. The former National Football League tight end died April 19 after allegedly hanging himself.

MA prison officials said the 27-year old was found hanging in his prison cell early Wednesday. It also says that he tried to block the door by jamming it with various items.

Mr. Hernandez was housed in a single cell in the general prison population, the statement said.

MA prison officials said Hernandez was found hanging in his prison cell early Wednesday.

Thompson is also calling for an impartial investigation into Hernandez's death.

Aaron Hernandez's family has made a decision to donate his brain to medical researchers, his lawyer, Jose Baez, said at a press conference Thursday. Baez said the Hernandez family had retained a forensic pathologist to perform an independent autopsy and said they would "leave no stone unturned".

The Worcester County District Attorney's office has released a report regarding the death of Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday morning. When asked if he accepted the ruling, Baez said, "We'll accept the determination after an investigation is complete".

Meanwhile, Hernandez attorney Jose Baez pledged to conduct be an independent probe of Hernandez's death, the Boston Herald reported.

This comes as DailyMail.com has learned exclusively that Hernandez was planning his suicide for weeks.

"Absolutely no chance he took his own life", Hernandez's former agent Brian Murphy tweeted. "Chico [Hernandez] was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life".

Baez had been helping Hernandez appeal his murder conviction, and as a result of his death before exhausting the legal process, that conviction will be voided.

Because of this technical rule, no evidence from the criminal suit Hernandez faced can be used in a civil suit brought forth by Lloyd's family against Hernandez and the late tight end's estate.

In Dorchester, the Boston neighborhood where Lloyd grew up, a family friend of the Lloyds wondered if the weight of Hernandez's crimes - and of great potential squandered - had finally caught up with him. Prosecutors said he gunned them down after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him in a Boston nightclub. Hernandez was acquitted on April 14, five days before his death. While some of his former teammates visited the White House Wednesday to celebrate their most recent Super Bowl victory, the Twitterverse has been quick to throw stones and crack jokes about him getting what he deserves. At the time, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots.

  • Joanne Flowers