Coroner: Ex-Huskers RB Lawrence Phillips committed suicide in cell

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A California coroner said imprisoned former Nebraska and NFL running back Lawrence Phillips had a note that read "Do Not Resuscitate" taped to his chest when he was found hanging in his cell.

The autopsy report released Wednesday indicated that a Kern County deputy coroner found another note and a picture of Phillips and an unnamed child tucked into Phillips' left sock.

The coroner ruled that the 40-year-old Phillips committed suicide in Kern Valley State Prison in January. He was awaiting a trial that could have brought him the death penalty.

Phillips was charged with killing a former cellmate, 37-year-old Damion Soward, the cousin of former USC and NFL wide receiver R. Jay Soward.

The coroner provided the report to The Associated Press under a public records request.