Lawrence Phillips was discovered inside the Kern Valley State Prison unresponsive Wednesday, before passing away at a hospital a short time later at the age of 40.
Immediately, the former NFL running back's death was being investigated as a suicide, although Phillips's family swore that he would never try to kill himself, saying that he was trying to proclaim his innocence over the April 2015 accusation that he killed his prison cell mate.
Well, on Thursday afternoon, TMZ Sports obtained and posted an exclusive 911 phone call recording from a prison staffer, who clearly says that Phillips "has attempted suicide" in the yard of the Kern Valley State Prison. And the call was reportedly made minutes after prison officials found him unresponsive.
This sharply goes against the ex-NFL rusher's family's claims that he didn't kill himself.
Phillips's death Wednesday also came one day after a Superior Court judge announced that there was "sufficient cause to believe" that the ex-pro football player murdered his former cell mate at Kern Valley State Prison last April.
In addition, in a March 2015 letter that hit the Internet, Phillips cautioned, "I feel my anger is near bursting and that will result in my death or the death of someone else."
Phillips could have gotten life in prison had he been found guilty of murdering his cell mate and that would have been on top of the 31-year prison sentence he was already serving for driving his vehicle into three teenagers and assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
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