Hernandez was locked in his cell around 8 p.m. Tuesday and no one entered until a correction officer observed him at 3:03 a.m. Wednesday and forced his way in, investigators said.
Ward's lawyer, Doug Sheff, said he has issued "a friendly challenge" to the New England Patriots and the NFL Players Association to voluntarily give Ward whatever money Hernandez might still be owed. The Patriots did not immediately react to his request.
Jenkins Hernandez wasn't present for Friday's brief hearing.
A legal doctrine in MA called abatement ab initio rules that if someone dies after a conviction but before the completion of their appeal, that person's legal records in that matter are wiped clean.
Hernandez was soon cut by the Patriots after he was arrested on a murder charge in 2013.
Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, told reporters in Boston she still forgives Hernandez and that she prays he found peace after hanging himself in prison.
Ward did not want to speak directly about Hernandez during the conference, which was streamed live by WCVB.
"I lost my best friend".
Authorities offered few answers after Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in MA, where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend.
A judge has sided with Aaron Hernandez's fiancée after she filed a motion on behalf of their daughter to preserve any evidence in his prison suicide, including video recordings of his cell for the eight hours before he was found hanged.
Sheff said the vacating of his conviction would have no impact on their civil case against Hernandez. I lost my son.
Because of a little-known legal rule called abatement, the murder conviction against Hernandez is expected to be dismissed because his appeal of the conviction had not been heard at the time of his death.
Family members of Aaron Hernandez are asking a judge to order MA prison officials to preserve evidence so they can investigate the circumstances of his death. Hernandez's appeal was still in its early stages and hadn't yet been heard when he hanged himself early Wednesday.
A judge is scheduled to hear the matter on Friday.
Hernandez's death came just five days after his acquittal in the 2012 slayings of two men outside a Boston nightclub in a separate case.
Sources close to the investigation tell DailyMail.com that the third letter was written to Hernandez's gay prison lover, who has not been identified but was believed to be the last person Hernandez spoke to before he took his own life.