Investigation Continues Into Aaron Hernandez's Death

Hernandez played three seasons with the Patriots as a valued tight end.

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.

Authorities offered few answers after Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in MA, where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend.

But during an appearance on CSNNE's Toucher and Rich on Wednesday, attorney Michael Coyne argued that Hernandez's estate might be able to get its hands on that money since the National Football League and the Patriots would no longer have a legal reason to hold onto it in light of 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", Baez said in the statement. His name also had come up in an investigation into a shooting. A prison friend of Hernandez is now in isolation on "eyeball suicide watch", WBZ-TV reports.

Through a translator, the father of Safiro Furtado told reporters that he took no joy in Hernandez's death. It also says that he tried to block the door by jamming it with various items.

Meanwhile, Hernandez's former agent Brian Murphy said there was "no chance" he could commit suicide. He said Hernandez "was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life".

Fox-25 in Boston noted that the markings were drawn on Hernandez's body with a "blood red" marker.

In his double-murder trial, Baez challenged the credibility of the prosecution's star witness, suggesting he had killed the men and pinned it on Hernandez in exchange for immunity.

Ward filed the lawsuit in 2013 after her son was found shot to death in North Attleborough, Mass. Hernandez, a former New England Patriot, was charged with killing Lloyd, and a Bristol County jury convicted Hernandez of first-degree murder in 2015.

Hernandez's appeal had not yet been heard.

The Patriots had no immediate comment, and President Donald Trump made no mention of Hernandez at the White House event.

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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