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Former NFL Running Back Lawrence Phillips Found Dead In Prison Cell

California Department of Corrections officials say they suspect Phillips committed suicide. He was facing murder charges.

By Jay Strubberg | January 13, 2016

Imprisoned ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips was reportedly found dead Wednesday in his cell.

California Department of Corrections officials say they suspect 40-year-old Phillips, who was facing murder charges, committed suicide.

Last year, prosecutors charged Phillips with killing his cellmate. He was also convicted of domestic violence and other charges.

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In the 1990s, Phillips helped the University of Nebraska win a pair of national championships before going pro.

In the NFL, he played for the Rams, Dolphins and 49ers, though his off-field troubles cut his playing days short.

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