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Kevin Ellison of the USC Trojans looks on before the game against the Oregon Ducks on Oct. 4, 2008, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. (Credit: Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

Kevin Ellison of the USC Trojans looks on before the game against the Oregon Ducks on Oct. 4, 2008, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. (Credit: Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

Former Southern California defensive back Kevin Ellison, who was a captain for the Trojans before a brief NFL career, has died. He was 31.

USC’s athletic department confirmed Ellison’s death with a Twitter post on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Times reported records¬†from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office showed Ellison died on a freeway, though no cause of death was given and an exam was still pending.

Ellison’s brother, Chris Ellison, told the Times his brother had mental issues and was walking along the 5 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley at the time of his death.

Kevin Ellison played for USC from 2005-08. He was an all-Pac-12 safety and played on teams that won three Rose Bowl games.

Ellison was drafted by San Diego in the sixth round in 2009 and played nine NFL games.