Imprisoned MMA fighter Jon Koppenhaver, more familiarly known as "War Machine", had attempted suicide in his prison cell earlier this week. Koppenhaver, who is awaiting trial in Las Vegas on charges of attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack, tried to hang himself on Tuesday before a corrections officer had spotted him. TMZ has more details on this breaking story:
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Tuesday night around 9:30 an officer was walking by War Machine's cell in Clark County Jail. The officer saw him sitting on the ground with his feet up on the bunk bed. When the officer called to him he was unresponsive.
The officer went into the cell and found he had a piece of linen around his neck which was tied to the leg of the bed. His face was purple. The officer cut the linen, removed it ... and we're told War Machine's breathing became less strained and he attempted to speak.
Koppenhaver has since been placed on suicide watch in an isolation cell, and the TMZ report also notes that he'd left what appeared to be a suicide note.
His next court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow on October 17th. Christy Mack will also appear in court to testify against Koppenhaver in a preliminary hearing.
UPDATE, October 17th: The Las Vegas Review Journal says that Koppenhaver's legal team had delayed the hearing, so there is no court appearance for either Koppenhaver or Mack today.