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Former NFL player Lawrence Phillips was found dead in his prison cell on Wednesday, Jan. 13. He was 40-years-old.

Phillips was serving time at the Karn Valley State Prison in California, where his death is being investigated as a suicide. It’s not confirmed as being related, but he’d been under investigation for the murder of his former cellmate who died from strangulation in their shared cell.

In 2009, Phillips was sentenced to 31 years in prison for assaulting his ex-girlfriend and running into three teenagers with his car.

A star athlete, Phillips helped bring the University of Nebraska two national champions in 1994 and 1995, and was drafted into the NFL in 1996. He made his way through the St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers before his career was cut short due to legal issues and his behavior off the field.

via: 92Q