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Former NFLer commits suicide.

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Former football star Lawrence Phillips, who had been charged with murdering his cellmate last April, was found dead early Wednesday at Kern Valley State Prison.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton told USA TODAY Sports that the death is being investigated as a suspected suicide.

Phillips, 40, was facing the possible death penalty in the alleged murder of his former cellmate, Damion Soward, was found unresponsive April 11 in the cell the men shared and died as a result of strangulation.

A month before his cellmate's death Phillips wrote a letter to his mother saying he thought his anger lead to violence.

"I feel myself very close to snapping,'' wrote Phillips in a letter dated March 5, 2015. "My anger grows daily as I have become fed up with prison. I feel my anger is near bursting and that will result in my death or the death of someone else.''

Phillips was sent to prison in 2008 to serve a sentence of more than 31 years after he was convicted of twice choking his girlfriend in 2005 in San Diego and of driving his car into three teens later that year after a pickup football game in Los Angeles. He was sentenced for inflicting great bodily injury involving domestic violence, corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment and vehicle theft.

Phillips ran for more than 1,800 yards in 1994 and helped Nebraska win the national championship. He was the No. 6 overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams, but didn't last very long in the NFL, spending time with the Rams, Dolphins and 49ers following his troubles with the law.

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