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USA - Troubled former US professional football player kills himself in prison

According to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a former US professional football player, whose career was cut short by disciplinary problems, has been found responsive in his cell, not dead, inside his California prison cell.

He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Officials believe Lawrence Phillips, 40-year-old, attempted killing himself on Wednesday.

In the 1990s, he was a star player at the University of Nebraska.