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Aaron Hernandez had severe case of CTE

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(TSX / STATS) -- Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who committed suicide in jail while serving a life sentence for murder, had an advanced stage of degenerative brain disease.

Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine said in a statement Thursday that Hernandez was dealing with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the school's CTE Center and Chief of Neuropathology at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, said Hernandez had Stage 3 CTE, with Stage 4 the most severe of the disease that has plagued numerous NFL players.

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