Aaron Hernandez's family to donate his brain for CTE research

"Absolutely no chance he took his own life", tweeted Hernandez's former agent, Athletes First president Brian Murphy, who used a nickname to describe his former client.

Questions remain after former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell by a corrections officer early Wednesday morning. "Mr Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items", he added.

The family of Aaron Hernandez, shown in 2012, wants his brain donated to a CTE Center. The murder weapon was never discovered, but analysts said the evidence against Hernandez was overwhelming.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Fallon said he was not aware of any suicide note.

More details have emerged of Hernandez's death since he was found hanged in his cell, including a report claiming he was found with a bible verse written in red marker pen on his forehead. The Bible passage reads "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life".

Hernandez's family and legal team said they were "shocked" by his death, calling for a transparent and thorough investigation.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he won't draw any conclusions about the investigation into Aaron Hernandez' apparent suicide in prison until an investigation is completed.

The former National Football League star was rushed to a hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead at approximately 4:07am (0807 GMT).

A star tight end for the University of Florida when it won the 2008 title, Hernandez dropped to the fourth round of the National Football League draft because of trouble in college that included a failed drug test and a bar fight.

The change in Hernandez's legal status could force the Patriots to pay his family US$3.25 million (S$4.5 million) in signing-bonus money they have withheld in the wake of the charges against him in three murders, and the National Football League might similarly be compelled to make pension payments to Hernandez's family.

The sudden death of the one-time $40 million pass-catcher was all the more surprising given its timing.

Authorities offered few answers after Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in MA, where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend.

He had been serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend. Hernandez's body is at a Boston-area funeral home, but services will likely be held elsewhere for the CT native.

The former University of Florida standout died five days after a jury acquitted him in those two deaths, which prosecutors alleged were precipitated by one of the men accidentally spilling a drink on Hernandez at a Boston nightclub.

A top MA official says the medical examiner will release Aaron Hernandez's brain to Boston University for research as soon as the investigation into his death is completed.

Suicide Crisis Helpline (open 24/7) - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends. You can also text 8691 for free.

  • Julie Sanders