Ex-NFL star Hernandez's remains will be cremated

Published: Apr. 24, 2017 at 4:12 PM CDT
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Aaron Hernandez's family plans to have his remains cremated after the ex-NFL star hanged himself in prison.

A spokeswoman for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association says the family opted for cremation.

Hernandez's brain was removed during an autopsy and given to concussion researchers at Boston University for study.

Mourners gathered Monday for a private funeral for the former New England Patriots tight end in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence at a maximum-security prison for a 2013 murder when he hanged himself in his cell last week. His death came just days after he was acquitted of a 2012 double-murder.

It's not clear when the burial will take place, which organizers said would also be private.