Questions abound in aftermath of National Football League star Hernandez's death

That principle would apply to Hernandez's case since he died before he was able to appeal the guilty verdict, and it essentially means that, in the court's eyes, Hernandez died as an innocent man since all of the legal proceedings connected to his murder conviction didn't play out before his death. "There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible", said Defense Attorney Jose Baez, who argued for Hernandez's acquittal. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence". If Hernandez did in fact smoke prior to his death, it wouldn't be the first time K2 was implicated in a suicide.

The news comes as his death has been ruled a suicide, officials announced in a release today that also says the convicted killer and ex-Patriot jammed cardboard in the door of his cell before taking his own life. "If there had been concerns, Hernandez would have been on mental health watch in a different part of the prison, the spokesperson said". The spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

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

Hernandez's former agent, Brian Murphy, said on Twitter that he did not believe the athlete had killed himself.

'I don't think they take any joy in the loss of the Hernandez family.

Fox-25 in Boston noted that the markings were drawn on Hernandez's body with a "blood red" marker. He had "God forgives" tattooed on one of his arms next to an image of a gun, a tattoo that prosecutors contended was a confession during Hernandez's double murder trial earlier this year. The team released him in June 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Under Massachusetts law, the verdict in the 2013 murder will be overturned since he died before exhausting his appeal process.

His former Patriots teammates visited the White House and met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday in honor of their Super Bowl win. As the jury was deliberating last week, cameras spied Hernandez blowing kisses to the young daughter he fathered with fiancée Shayanna Jenkins.

Quarterback Tom Brady, the team's best-known player, did not attend the White House event due to family commitments, local media reported, citing a statement from the self-described friend of Trump.

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