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New information has been released about the suicide of Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez.

Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots football player, was found hanged to death in his prison cell in MA early today, the State Corrections Department reports.

There were no signs of a struggle and Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging, Early's office said.

Aaron Hernandez, 27, was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday of an apparent suicide by hanging.

Baez declined to answer questions on Hernandez's mental state prior to his suicide and dismissed as "ridiculous" local media reports citing unnamed law enforcement sources that Hernandez's body was found with a reference to a Bible verse written on his forehead. The medical examiner released Hernandez's body on Thursday, but Baez said the office had not given them back the brain as initially promised.

The family of Aaron Hernandez plans to donate his brain to scientists to determine whether he had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to a number of National Football League athletes.

His legal team will also be conducting its own investigation, Baez said. CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, is a disease often found in the brains of athletes who have sustained head traumas.

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Authorities are investigating the possibility that Hernandez smokes K2, or synthetic marijuana, before his death, according to WBZ in Boston.

He had been serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend.

But they're now unable to do that, as Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, told The Boston Globe today that the Worcester Medical Examiner is "illegally" holding his brain. Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet and rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later. He was in a single inmate cell and left no suicide note. Baez said the Hernandez family had retained a forensic pathologist to perform an independent autopsy and said they would "leave no stone unturned".

Aaron Hernandez's family intends to do something special with the remains of their son.

Dan Bennett, Massachusetts' secretary for public safety and security, said that Hernandez's brain would be released to researchers soon.

Last Friday, Hernandez was acquitted of murder charges in the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in July 2012.

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