Per a press release from the Worcester County District Attorney, the shocking death of Aaron Hernandez in a Lancaster, Massachusetts prison cell has been confirmed as a suicide by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields, who performed an autopsy on Wednesday and concluded that the cause of death was asphyxia by hanging.
The release contains further details regarding the circumstances surrounding Hernandez’s suicide, including the fact that there were no signs of a struggle, and that he was alone at the time of the hanging – with a cardboard box jamming the tracks of his cell door.
— Jared Pliner (@JaredPliner) April 20, 2017
Also revealed in the statement is the fact that three handwritten suicide notes were discovered next to a Bible in the cell. Per Chris Villani of the Boston Herald, the notes were addressed to his daughter and fiancee.
The notes found in #AaronHernandez cell were letters to his daughter & fiancee, saying he loved them & would see them in heaven, per source
— Chris Villani (@ChrisVillani44) April 20, 2017
The conclusion of the autopsy prompted the release of Hernandez’s brain to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center for study, per the family’s request. If Hernandez was suffering from CTE, the extent of the damage and the rest of the information gleaned from the study could turn out to be invaluable.