Aaron Hernandez's Brain Showed A Severe Case of CTE

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Relatives of Hernandez, who killed himself in April, had asked that his brain be tested for CTE after his body was found hanging in a MA prison where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance.

Jose Baez, Hernandez's lawyer, said during a news conference on Thursday that it was the most severe case researchers had encountered in someone of Hernandez's age.

Hernandez's Stage III CTE is usually seen in players with a median age of death of 67 years, says the suit, filed in Boston federal court. Hernandez is one of several players who have been found to have had CTE after committing suicide, a list that includes Junior Seau, Jovan Belcher and Andre Waters.

The disease can be diagnosed only by taking brain tissue from a dead subject.

In July, researchers at Boston University released findings that showed that they had found C.T.E.in the brains of 110 of the 111 former N.F.L. players they had examined. Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2015 and sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole.

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"Her research has demonstrated that CTE is associated with aggressiveness, explosiveness, impulsivity, depression, memory loss and other cognitive changes", it said.

The discovery was made following an autopsy of Hernandez following his suicide in April.

On Thursday, Hernandez, who was 27 when he died, was revealed to have one of the most severe forms of CTE, the New York Times reports.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, has been diagnosed in more than 100 deceased National Football League players.

"She doesn't have training in brain injuries", Baez said of Jenkins-Hernandez. As recently as September 2013, when the NFL agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by 4,500 ex-players claiming damages from concussions, commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS that "there was no recognition that anything was caused by football". At the same time he was on trial for Lloyd's murder, Hernandez was indicted in a double-homicide that occurred in 2012.

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