Ex-NFL star Hernandez’s brain to be returned to family: state

April 20, 2017 By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts officials on Thursday were preparing to release the brain of New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to his family for scientific study the day after he was found hanged in his prison cell, a death investigators formally ruled a suicide. It remains unclear why the 27-year-old former National Football League player hanged himself early on Wednesday in the cell where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance. He did so less than a week…

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