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Family wants Aaron Hernandez's brain studied, but officials refuse to release it

Family wants Aaron Hernandez's brain studied, but officials refuse to release it

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, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was found dead Wednesday in his prison cell, apparently having committed suicide.

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. The medical examiner released Hernandez's body Thursday, but Baez says the office has not given them his brain, as initially...

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