The family of former professional football player Aarón Hernández, who on April 19th took his life by hanging himself in his cell in a Massachusetts Correctional Center, are now facing new challenges.
In addition to the controversies that arose on his suicide (including the reports that he was gay and had left a suicide note to a fellow prisoner, who was his lover), the death of Hernandez has raised many questions, especially in regards to the future of his family.
Hernandez, who was 27 years old at the time of his death, was engaged to be married and had a 4-year-old daughter named Avielle Janelle Hernández.
Now, a Massachusetts court document has unveiled an unfortunate truth: Aaron Hernandez did not leave a will and his estate is now worth $0 with “no monies available and no identifiable personal assets,” according to the Boston Herald.
His fiancée Shayanna Jenkins Hernández—and mother of Avielle—who is mourning the loss of her late husband-to-be is now able to sell the home they shared for nearly $1.3 million.
This is all despite the fact that in 2012 Hernández had signed a five-year contract extension for the New England patriots for $40 million and at the time of his admission, he had already been paid around $10 million of that amount.
In June of 2013, the tight end was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, a man who was found dead near his home in Massachusetts. On June 26th, he was arrested on charges of first-degree murder for Lloyd’s death and in 2015, he was sentenced to life in prison without a possibility of parole.
The victim was a semi-pro football player and was romantically involved with the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée at the time of his death. Lloyd’s family had filed a lawsuit seeking a substantial reimbursement from the player. This lawsuit was filed in 2013.
This week, legal representatives of the victim’s family appealed to the court to demand that the lawsuit be changed and not pursue the deceased player but his “estate” in order to continue the legal battle. Proceeds from the sale of house would be included in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed against Hernandez’s estate by Lloyd’s mother.
The player’s fiancé received a court order on Wednesday to sell the mansion they shared in Massachusetts.
The colonial style home is located in North Attleboro County and has been on sale for over a year. The property includes a pool with waterfall, a theater and sauna. Lloyd’s representatives asked the court that once the sale is made, the identity of the new owner not be disclosed.
As reported by Mayra Mangal.