Aaron Hernandez is escorted into the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court for his hearing on Aug. 22, 2013, in North Attleboro, Mass. The former New England Patriots tight end was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd.
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut authorities are investigating the sudden death of a 27-year-old woman who has ties to Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who has been charged with murder, officials said Tuesday.
Tabitha Perry died Monday after being found unconscious and not breathing inside a home, officials said. Perry survived a car accident in June that killed Hernandez's friend Thaddeus Singleton III. Police say she and Singleton, who was married to Hernandez's cousin, had a child together.
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The state medical examiner's office said Tuesday that Perry's death requires further study, and police say they are waiting for the results of toxicology tests.
Hernandez's uncle, Robert Valentine, also died in a crash in August.
Hernandez, who is awaiting trial for the June murder of semi-pro football player and acquaintance Odin Lloyd, has pleaded not guilty.