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Family of Aaron Hernandez will donate his brain to Boston University for CTE Research

The former Patriots tight end led a troubled life.

Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez commit suicide on Wednesday and his family has decided to donate his brain to Boston University for CTE research, per Hernandez’s attorneys.

CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, is a degenerative disease that occurs due to repetitive blows to the brain and is heavily linked to those that have played football and other contact sports for a career. CTE can lead towards memory loss, dementia, and suicidal tendencies; former Patriots LB Junior Seau was discovered to have CTE after he commit suicide in 2012.

Boston University has the leading CTE research facility and found that 96% of deceased football players in their study suffered from CTE, which could be a rate three-times more likely than the general population. Hopefully a solution to such a severe problem can be found.