FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) _ A castrated rapist, paroled from prison in Arkansas and later convicted of murder in Missouri, was found dead in his cell Wednesday, a day after losing an appeal in the Missouri Supreme Court.

Prison officials said Wayne DuMond was diagnosed two months ago with cancer of the vocal cords. They said his death at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, Mo., appeared to have been natural.

DuMond's case became notorious after he was castrated while free on bail as he awaited trial for an 1984 rape in Arkansas. No one was ever charged in the assault.

DuMond was initially sentenced to life in prison but in 1992 then-Gov. Jim Guy Tucker commuted the sentence to 39 1/2 years, making him eligible for parole.

After his release in 1999, DuMond moved to a Kansas City, Mo., suburb and was later convicted of killing a woman in her apartment.

Tuesday, the 55-year-old DuMond lost an appeal in that case.