Junior Siavii, a former NFL player, was discovered dead in prison while awaiting trial on multiple charges.

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Junior Siavii, a former NFL player, was discovered dead in prison while awaiting trial on multiple charges.

Before his death, Junior Siavii was facing federal gun and drug trafficking charges.

Junior Siavii, a former NFL player, died while awaiting trial on federal gun and drug trafficking charges in Kansas.

He was 43 years old when he died.

Siavii — aka Saousoalii Siavii — was found unresponsive in the US Penitentiary in Leavenworth on Thursday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. local time, according to Anna Armijo, a spokeswoman for the US Bureau of Prisons.

Siavii was treated by prison staff before being taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the outlet.

No other information about the ex-footballer’s death was immediately available.

Staff and other inmates were not hurt, and “the public was never in danger,” according to Armijo.

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A spokesperson for the US Bureau of Prisons did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Nokia News.

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According to NBC Sports, Siavii was arrested in August 2019 after an altercation with police in Kansas on suspicion of illegal firearms possession.

Siavii was named in a methamphetamine drug trafficking conspiracy in Missouri by a criminal indictment not long after.

According to the outlet, Siavii was charged alongside eight other co-defendants.

On December 1, Siavii was transferred to the US Penitentiary at Leavenworth, a medium-security facility.

The Kansas City Star reported on the 17th.

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The Chiefs drafted Siavii in the second round of the NFL draft in 2004.

After two seasons with the team, the athlete took a two-year break from the sport due to knee injuries.

Siavii later signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2009, but was released during the preseason in 2010.

He then went on to play for the Seattle Seahawks before retiring in 2011 due to a spinal cord injury.

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