A convicted killer facing lethal injection committed suicide by slitting his throat in his Texas death row cell on Thursday.
He was found in a pool of blood by officers making a routine check. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
He had apparently scrawled words in blood on the wall of his cell.
Prison officials said they could not quite make out what he wrote.
"It's totally illegible," said one guard who asked not to be identified. "I think part of it said 'I'm sorry' but it could have been 'sonny' or even 'soggy'".
When asked why a man facing imminent execution would write "I'm soggy" the guard had no comment.