As expected, the death of former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has officially been ruled a suicide.
Officials made the announcement on Thursday (April 20), a day after he was found hanging inside his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.
“Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields performed an autopsy on Mr. Hernandez on Wednesday and concluded today that the manner of death was suicide and the cause asphyxia by hanging,” said an official press release.
Hernandez was found shortly after 3 a.m. in his prison cell hanging from a bed sheet. He also jammed cardboard into the tracks of the door of his single-inmate cell in an effort to prevent entry. An hour later, he was pronounced dead at the UMass-Memorial Health Alliance Hospital.
In addition to writing the Bible verse “John 3:16” on his forehead in red marker, investigators said they found three notes written next to a bible inside his cell. It’s not been revealed what the notes say.
Following the autopsy, Hernandez’s brain will be given to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center in accordance with his family’s wishes.
According to Boston’s WHDH, one correctional officer could be facing discipline for Hernandez’s suicide. Apparently, an unnamed officer missed a 2 a.m. walkthrough, which could’ve found Hennandez an hour earlier.
Investigators are currently reviewing prison surveillance footage, as well as interviewing guards/other inmates who may have had contact with Hernandez.