Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who committed suicide in April while serving a life sentence for murder, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease linked to head trauma, the New York Times reported.
Jose Baez, a lawyer for Hernandez, is announcing the development at a Thursday news conference, and Baez plans to sue the Patriots and the NFL on behalf of Hernandez’s 4-year-old daughter.
Dave Duerson, Junior Seau, Andre Waters, Ray Easterling and Jovan Belcher preceded Hernandez as NFL players who took their own lives and were later found to have CTE.
Hernandez is among the youngest NFL Maury Wills Jersey players to be found with CTE, though former Giants safety Tyler Sash was also 27 when he was was found dead in September 2015. Sash also had advanced stages of the disease.
McKee, who also conducted Sash’s examination, said at the time that the severity of CTE in Sash’s brain was on par with the level found in the brain of Seau, who was 43 when he committed suicide.
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On a severity scale of 0 to 4, Sash was a Stage 2. McKee said in a statement that Hernandez was a Stage 3.
Hernandez’s suicide came five days after he was acquitted of a double slaying that took place in 2012.
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