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Aaron Hernandez death ruled suicide; brain donated to sports concussion research

Aaron Hernandez death ruled suicide; brain donated to sports concussion research

Aaron Hernandez's death in prison has been ruled a suicide and the former NFL star's brain is being donated to sports concussion researchers, Massachusetts authorities said Thursday.

The declaration by prosecutors, state police and public health officials came after a tumultuous day in which Hernandez's lawyer suggested the state was mishandling the investigation and illegally withholding his brain after releasing the rest of the body to a funeral home.

According to law enforcement sources, as reported by several Boston TV stations, Hernandez had "John 3:16" written with a red marker on his forehead. The widely quoted verse says, "For God so loved the world that...

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