Lawyer: Medical examiner has not released Aaron Hernandez’s brain

BOSTON — Aaron Hernandez’s family wants to donate his brain to science, but Massachusetts officials are refusing to release it despite turning over the rest of his body to a funeral home, the former NFL star’s lawyer said Thursday.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez’s death was ruled a suicide Thursday, according to the Worcester County district attorney and Massachusetts authorities. Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet in his cell shortly after 3 a.m. on Wednesday. He was 27.

Hernandez attorney Jose Baez said the family had arranged for Boston University researchers looking at brain trauma in athletes to take possession of Hernandez’s brain following the autopsy.

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