War Machine is reported to have attempted suicide earlier this week in the Las Vegas jail where he currently resides as he waits on a trial for multiple charges including attempted murder and domestic battery relating to an incident at the home of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack in which she and another man were left with serious injuries.
According to Las Vegas police, the former UFC and Bellator fighter was found in his cell at the Clark County Detention Center on Tuesday evening sitting on the floor with his feet up on his bunk, with a piece of linen tied to the leg of the bed and the other end around his neck.
By the time officers found the 32 year-old and cut the linen he was reported to be “pretty much dead” with his vital signs having stopped, but soon after was cleared by medical staff and was moved to an isolation cell.
Suicide notes were found in his jail cell, but the content of them has so far not been released.
War Machine had been set to attend court the following day for a preliminary hearing, but after the incident he refused to go.
“He feels like the chips are stacked against him,” War Machine’s lawyer Brendan Sua told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “He doesn’t believe he will get a fair trial.”
Despite his absence the hearing did go ahead with his lawyers asking the judge for a chance to negotiate with prosecutors for, “a plea deal to resolve the case, without further litigation and pretrial proceedings.”
The hearing had been expected to hear from the two alleged victims, Christy Mack and Corey Thomas, on Friday, but that’s now been postponed for a month.
War Machine’s suicide attempt comes a week after Mack gave an update on her recovery progress two months after the incident, revealing that she had just had an operation which allowed her to breathe through her nose again, while she still had temporary teeth in place while she awaited permanent ones being fitted.