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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Scott Baldwin, whose promising career at Nebraska in the early 1990s ended because of injuries and his battles with mental illness, has died.
Baldwin's family said through the Nebraska athletic department that he died of cardiac arrest Wednesday in New Jersey. He was 45.
Baldwin in January 1992 was charged with felony assault for attacking a Lincoln woman but was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Nine months later he was shot during an altercation with Omaha police, with the bullet lodging near his spinal cord and paralyzing him from the chest down.
Baldwin ran for a career-high 170 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas as a sophomore in 1990 but missed most of 1991 because of injuries. Doctors later diagnosed him with manic depression and other mental illnesses.
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