Day after ex-NFL star Hernandez's death, fight over his brain

A prison van drives past the at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, U.S., where former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his jail cell April 19, 2017.

The district attorney investigating the death said Hernandez had been alone in his cell for seven hours by the time guards found his body at 3 a.m. (0700 GMT) on Wednesday, and noted that three handwritten notes were found near a Bible in his room.

Fallon said he was not aware of any suicide note and officials had no reason to believe Hernandez was suicidal.

"An investigation into the death by the state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office and Department of Correction investigators found cardboard jammed into the door tracks of his single-inmate cell to impede entry into the cell", read a statement from Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early.

Baez says in a statement Wednesday that there were "no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible".

The Patriots had no immediate comment. A legal technicality redeemed Hernandez, at least for the record, in death.

July 16, 2012: Two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, are shot to death in their vehicle as they wait at a red light in Boston's South End neighborhood.

Fox25 in Boston reported that Hernandez also left a Bible in his cell open to that verse.

Lloyd was shot six times and died in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home. It holds that is unfair to the defendant or to his or her survivors if a conviction is allowed to stand before they had a chance to clear their names on appeal, in case some kind or error or other injustice was determined to have occurred at trial, Healy said.

Authorities offered few answers after the 27-year-old Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in MA.

In 2012, he signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension. Hernandez was in the midst of serving life in prison for the convicted murder of Odin Lloyd. His name also had come up in an investigation into a shooting.

Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, has filed a motion on behalf of their daughter to preserve any evidence in his death. Lawyer Michael Coyne appeared on CSNNE on Wednesday and said Hernandez's bonus money, base pay and National Football League pension could still be paid out if the guilty conviction disappears.

His friend says he'll remember Hernandez as a happy, goofy man who was always trying to make people laugh.

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