Prison officials told WZB that "Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window" in the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.
MA chief medical examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields performed an autopsy on Hernandez, from which he concluded Thursday he died by suicide after hanging himself from his prison cell window with his bed sheet. They've enlisted the help of forensic pathologist Michael Baden, who performed a second autopsy.
MA prison officials say former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital. John Thompson said Friday he would file the necessary paperwork in Bristol County, the jurisdiction where Hernandez was tried and convicted in 2015.
But Ward and her attorney Doug Sheff plan to make an appeal for any money the New England Patriots pay to Hernandez's estate if that conviction is overturned.
Video recordings depicting Hernandez's cell, all records of his physical location for the eight hours before his death, all of his property, medical and mental health records, autopsy test results, audio recordings and interview records were among the evidence ordered to be preserved by the judge. His attorney, Jose Baez, said he did not leave a suicide note nor was he on suicide watch.
Sheff said the family doesn't want any money from the team turned over to the Hernandez estate without the Lloyd family getting a chance to intercede.
"DailyMail.com learned exclusively on Thursday that Hernandez was planning his suicide for weeks".
Jenkins Hernandez wasn't present for Friday's brief hearing.
Family members of Aaron Hernandez are asking a judge to order MA prison officials to preserve evidence so they can investigate the circumstances of his death.
"I lost the love of my life", she said, noting that she will never have the chance to see her son again or hear him tell her that she will have a grandson or granddaughter.
Authorities say the pair stayed on the phone until the 8 p.m. lockdown at the maximum-security prison where he was serving a life sentence for murder.
Because of a little-known legal rule called abatement, the murder conviction against Hernandez is expected to be dismissed because his appeal of the conviction had not been heard at the time of his death.
In court on Friday afternoon, attorney George Leontire said Hernandez's family was concerned about losing evidence related to the case, and claimed the first time they heard about his suicide notes was through the media. Hernandez's death came less than a week after he was acquitted of two murder charges for the July 2012 killing of two men outside a Boston nightclub. He was already serving a life term in a 2013 killing.