Aaron Hernandez Death Ruled Suicide, Three Handwritten Notes Discovered

Aaron Hernandez Death Ruled Suicide, Three Handwritten Notes Discovered
  • Tanya Ray Fox

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.

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 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.

Tanya Ray Fox

Tanya Ray Fox is a sportswriter and producer who has worked for nearly 7 years in both digital and television sports media. She has previously worked in TV production experience for Comcast SportsNet New England, NFL Network and Time Warner Cable Sports. In addition to her work for SportsGrid and appearances on the affiliated FNTSY Sports Network, she is also a contributor for USA Today's Rams Wire.