Just one day after Aaron Hernandez died in April following a suspected suicide, a Boston Globe report emerged indicating that his family might be able to collect millions of dollars owed to him by the Patriots and the NFL as a result of his death. The belief was that, because Hernandez died before he was able to finish the appeal of his 2015 murder conviction in the Odin Lloyd trial, a legal principle known as “abatement ab initio” would apply to his case. It would give his lawyers the opportunity to vacate his conviction, which would essentially allow for him to die an innocent man and allow for his family to go after the money that the Patriots and NFL refused to pay him after he was found guilty of killing Lloyd.
A new report on Aaron Hernandez’s death says drugs were not a factor at the time of his death, refuting previous reports about the circumstances surrounding his suicide.
Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his jail cell early Wednesday morning after committing suicide, according to an official statement released by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. He was 27.
A jury has found Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.