Aaron Hernandez

Disgraced ex-Patriots player Aaron Hernandez found to have CTE and early brain atrophy

Disgraced ex-Patriots player Aaron Hernandez found to have CTE and early brain atrophy

Five months after Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in a prison cell with a bedsheet while serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, the former New England Patriots tight end has been diagnosed with severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Hernandez, who died at age 27, is one of the youngest former NFL players found to have the devastating disease linked to repeated brain trauma.

In an announcement Thursday, Boston University’s CTE Center said doctors diagnosed Hernandez with Stage 3 CTE. Stage 4 is the most serious. Both stages, usually found in much older former players, are associated with aggressiveness, impulsivity, depression and memory loss.

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