Billy Knight, a former UCLA basketball player, was found dead in Arizona early Sunday, shortly after posting a chilling video on social media.
Authorities found Knight’s body on a roadway in Phoenix at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday and the Phoenix Fire Department pronounced him dead shortly afterward, ESPN reports. While the Maricopa County Medical Examiner has yet to announce an official cause of death, police say there were no signs of foul play, according to ESPN.
Knight was 39 years old at the time of his death. Hours before his body was found, he posted a chilling YouTube video titled “I am Sorry Lord,” according to the New York Daily News. During the 6-minute video, which Knight described as his “last message on Earth,” he expressed feeling lost and without hope and said that he had lived a life of sin.
“I just feel like I didn’t belong here on earth so my time is up,” Knight said. He also revealed that he never got help for how he was feeling and encouraged others who may be feeling the same way to reach out for help.
Knight was a basketball operations assistant for the Northern Arizona Suns during the 2016-17 season, according to the New York Daily News. The team told the Daily News in a statement that they were “deeply saddened” by Knight’s passing.
The UCLA Men's basketball team shared their condolences via Twitter on Monday, writing, “Our hearts are heavy after learning Billy Knight has passed away. We ask that the Bruin family keep Billy’s loved ones in their thoughts during this difficult time.”
The day before Knight’s body was discovered, fellow former UCLA basketball player Tyler Honeybutt fatally shot himself on Saturday after a standoff with police, USA Today reports.
If you or someone you know is suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) to speak with someone confidentially.
[Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Billy Knight]
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