SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California coroner says imprisoned former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips had a "Do Not Resuscitate" note taped to his chest when he was found hanging in his cell.

The autopsy report released Wednesday says a deputy Kern County 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.

The former Nebraska Cornhuskers star was charged with killing a former cellmate, 37-year-old Damion Soward, the cousin of former Southern California and NFL wide receiver R. Jay Soward.

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

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