ESPN's Bob Ley questions Patriots' White House trip amid Aaron Hernandez's death

While Massachusetts Department of Corrections officials said former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez left behind no suicide note after he was found hanging in his prison cell Monday, sources say he did leave a message - one of the most quoted Scriptures of the Bible, John 3:16.

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections said state police will investigate what it called the apparent suicide of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, but others are promising to take a closer look into what happened.

It was just after 3 a.m. Wednesday when corrections officers found Hernandez hanging from a bed sheet.

Prison officials confirmed that Hernandez was found hanged in the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, where he was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction. He had attempted to block the door from the inside by jamming it with various items, prison officials said. Both the Massachusetts State Police and prison plan to do a formal investigation into Aaron's passing.

Last week, Hernandez was acquitted of all but a gun charge in a lengthy trial in the 2012 shooting deaths of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu. Instead, they want the Boston University CTE unit to takeover.

"This is not amateur hour", Baez said.

Baez said it's too soon to say if Hernandez might have suffered from CTE, and wouldn't answer questions about how many concussions Hernandez might have suffered during his football career.

Boston's medical examiner confirmed that Aaron Hernandez's brain has been released to his family after his attorney accused the M.E.'s office of "illegally" withholding it.

Hernandez's attorney in the Boston double murder case, Jose Baez, told media Wednesday he was also not convinced. "Obviously the investigation the doc will do will hopefully give us for some steps we can take going forward", Baker noted.

Bennett says the death investigation may require further analysis of Hernandez's body, and that's why the brain is being kept for now.

His body was released to a funeral home in Watertown, where an independent autopsy was done at the request of his family.

"The center studies a progressive degenerative brain disease found in some athletes who have experienced repetitive brain trauma". In Aaron Hernandez's situation, the case reverts to the status at the beginning of the trial if the defendant has not exhausted all means of legal appeals.

'There were no conversations or correspondence that would have alarmed the legal team or family, ' the Florida-based attorney added.

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

The Patriots had no immediate comment, and President Donald Trump made no mention of Hernandez at the White House event. "I think he was murdered", said Keith Birchall of Woonsocket.

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