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BU Concussion Expert Gives Alarming Update On Aaron Hernandez's Brain

BU Concussion Expert Gives Alarming Update On Aaron Hernandez's Brain

However, she reportedly did say that the frontal lobe was among the important parts of Hernandez's brain that suffered "substantial" damage. In April he committed suicide by hanging in a MA prison while serving a life sentence for Odin Lloyd's 2013 murder.

Formerly a tight end for the New England Patriots, Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013. The average age of American football players with Stage 3 CTE is 67, according to the Boston Herald. Prosecutors contended he gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub - and then got a tattoo of a handgun and the words "God Forgives" to commemorate the crime. Hernandez, who said he was innocent, did not raise CTE in his defense at either trial.

CTE is a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated head trauma, and is commonly diagnosed in players of high-impact sports like football and boxing. In addition, Mr. Hernandez had early brain atrophy and large perforations in the septum pellucidum, a central membrane. The lawsuit, which seeks damages for Hernandez's young daughter, said he experienced a "chaotic and horrendous existence" because of his disease.

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'In any individual, we can't take the pathology and explain the behavior, ' Dr Ann McKee said, speaking at the landmark event at Boston's annual CTE conference. When it was discovered that he had Stage 3 CTE, his family announced they were suing the National Football League and the Patriots, accusing both sides of failing to "disclose, treat or protect" Hernandez from the dangers of "repetitive impact injuries". "These are very unusual findings to see in an individual of this age", McKee said.

On Thursday it was reported by the Washington Post that the results of the study have been released, with researchers at Boston University stating that Hernandez had the most severe case of CTE of any person examined in his age group. Hernandez was 27 years old at the time of his death.


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