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Terrell Owens tried suicide, according to 911 caller on Oct. 6

Terrell Owens attends the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 30, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Terrell Owens attends the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
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Earlier this month, TMZ reported that former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital but there were no details as to what triggered the health scare.

Now the details are emerging. The celebrity gossip site obtained a tape of the 911 call made on October 6 by a woman identifying herself as T.O.'s assistant.

The caller describes Owens' breathing as "kind of shallow" and says the former NFL start took "four prescription pain pills -- I just don't know how many he's taken but he took them about 30-45 minutes ago."

When asked if Owens was awake, the caller replied: "Barely ... we talk to him and he understands what we're saying."

Later the operator asked if this was a suicide attempt. "Yes, I believe so," the caller responded.

The troubled wide receiver has had health scares before, most notably the incident in 2006 when he has hospitalized for a possible prescription drug overdose.

In that incident, Owens denied reports that he had tried to kill himself.

"It was just an allergic reaction," he said at the time. "It's very unfortunate for the reports to go from an allergic reaction to a definite suicide attempt."

This week, the 37-year-old Owens held a workout to showcase his skills since recovering from ACL surgery but no NFL teams showed up.

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