Ex-NFL Player Lawrence Phillips Found Dead in Prison Cell

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Ex-NFLer Lawrence Phillips Dead at 40 of Suspected Suicide in PrisonSACRAMENTO, Calif. — A tragic turn of events for an already sad story. Former NFL star Lawrence Phillips has been found dead in his prison cell.

California prison officials believe the 40-year-old killed himself.

Lawrence Phillips was a star running back at Nebraska and a first-round pick for the St. Louis Rams in 1996… but lasted in the NFL only three seasons.

He was sent to a California prison in 2008 after being convicted of choking his girlfriend, false imprisonment and driving his car into three teens.

While serving a 31-year sentence, authorities say he killed his cellmate in April of last year.