On Wednesday, it was reported that former Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell.
And despite unfounded protests from Hernandez’s agent that there was ‘absolutely no chance he took his own life,’ Worcester, Mass. District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. released a statement on Thursday stating that the medical examiner officially ruled Hernandez’s death a suicide:
Worcester DA's office: medical examiner ruled Aaron Hernandez death a suicide. 3 handwritten notes found in cell. No signs of foul play. pic.twitter.com/JLCjqootYr
— Jen Miller (@jenbmiller) April 20, 2017
There were no indications of foul play, as it was found that Hernandez had used a bed sheet to hang himself around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.
In addition to providing an official ruling on Hernandez’s cause of death, the statement also says that tissue from Hernandez’s brain was collected to be studied by the Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center. Several former football players, including Junior Seau, who had taken their own lives were found to suffer from CTE. Hernandez’s lawyer had complained earlier on Thursday that Hernandez’s brain was being withheld unnecessarily.