Aaron Hernandez's fiancée suing Patriots, NFL over CTE claims

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in 2012 puts on a Super Bowl cap following the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough Mass

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in 2012 puts on a Super Bowl cap following the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough Mass

Boston University's CTE centre in a statement on Thursday confirmed that its researchers found that Hernandez's brain showed signs of stage 3 of the disease, with stage 4 being the most severe form.

Per Baez, Boston University's study found that Hernandez, 27 years old at death, had the most advanced case of CTE that they've studied.

Five months after Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison, medical professionals discovered the National Football League star suffered from the "most severe case" of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

Aaron Hernandez, the former football player who was serving a life sentence for murder before he died by suicide, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a Boston University test. He was convicted of murder in a MA court in 2015, and was serving a life sentence when he killed himself by hanging himself in his cell last spring.

Baez said the Hernandez family plans to sue the NFL.

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Shortly after he was found not guilty on double-murder charges in April, Hernandez's body was found in his prison cell in an apparent suicide.

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez's lawsuit claims that the severe CTE suffered during his career led him to commit suicide while imprisoned. Pro Football Hall of Famers Frank Gifford, Junior Seau and Mike Webster are among the former players to be diagnosed with the disease. After three standout seasons with the Patriots, his legal troubles began anew, and in 2015 Hernandez was convicted of murder.

Hernandez's attorney said that based on McKee's findings, his client had the same level of brain damage that would typically be found in a player in his 60s.

Hernandez' case stands out because of the severity of the disease in a young person. He hanged himself five days after the acquittal.

Lockhart did not have a definitive answer when asked if Hernandez was part of the existing $1 billion CTE settlement.

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