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Former Nebraska RB Lawrence Phillips Found Dead In California Jail Cell Wednesday

The former Husker RB, who had a troubled life, reportedly committed suicide last night.

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As with any tragic story, the true ending is something we're all not ready for, and hope never happens. For a former Nebraska Cornhusker that has been troubled since his time in Lincoln, that happened last night.

Former Huskers & NFL Running Back Lawrence Phillips was found dead in his cell this morning according to the California Department of Corrections.

Phillips, who was a star in Lincoln in the mid-1990's, where he was on two of the Huskers National Championshp teams in 1994 + 1995. In the '95 campaign, he was suspended for a majority of the season after he assaulted former girlfriend & Nebraska Women's Basketball player Kate McEwen in her apartment the day after the Huskers defeated Michigan State on the road.

Phillips eventually came back to the team, joining them at the end of the season and playing a big role in the Fiesta Bowl defeat of Florida. That was the last game that Phillips played for Nebraska & Tom Osborne, going to the NFL after that game.

Phillips was serving time in the Kern Valley State Prison for two assaults, serving a 32-year term starting in 2006. Phillips was facing the death penalty for murdering his cellmate at Kern Valley, which would have given him the death penalty if convicted.

Phillips was 40 years old.