Independent autopsy completed on Aaron Hernandez

Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, filed court papers Wednesday on behalf of his estate.

"They should have talked to the family the night he died, and they should have told them about suicide notes before they had to read it in the newspaper", Leontire said, his voice booming off the walls of the courtroom.

May Hernandez and his family now be at peace.

Attorney Mary Murray, who is representing the state, said an order wasn't necessary. Jenkins Hernandez is suing the Department of Correction in an effort to get the state to produce Hernandez's writings and other contents from his cell. MA prison officials said Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital early Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

The I-Team is learning more about the circumstances surrounding Aaron Hernandez's death in prison.

Hernandez, 27, was serving a sentence of life without parole for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

The CTE Center declined to discuss Hernandez's brain.

Authorities say Hernandez had been locked into his cell at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, and no one entered the cell until a guard saw him just after 3 a.m.

Ursula Ward, Lloyd's mother, said Hernandez taking his own life doesn't make up for his crime and won't stop her from pursuing damages in a civil lawsuit. "I'll never ever see him again".

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - The mother of the man ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez murdered said Friday that his suicide has reopened painful wounds. She also acknowledged that pain is now shared by other families. I lost a lot of my life, " she said.

Under a long-standing legal principle in MA, courts typically vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard.

"It's important for transparency that the family be afforded an opportunity to examine the evidence as to what has taken place here", said Attorney George Leontire.

Attorneys Jose Baez, left, and Ronald Sullivan, who successfully defended former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in a double-murder case, hold a briefing outside the state medical examiner's office, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Boston.

In addition to the $3.5 million signing bonus, the Patriots could also owe Hernandez $2.5 million in guaranteed base salary. But his suicide came before his conviction was reviewed by an appellate court, possibly clearing the way for the Patriots to resume payments that some media reports as put as high as $6 million.

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