Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight found dead at age 39

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Sidney Guerrero | 12 July, 2018, 07:15

Knight's official cause of death has yet to be determined, but will be examined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner. The alleged crime occurred April 1, 2017.

Knight's body was found at 2:45 a.m. Sunday, and he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter by the Phoenix Fire Department.

In the video titled "Billy Knight "I am Sorry Lord", Knight talked to the camera, saying it was his "last message on Earth" and "I can't continue on". It was the second death of an ex-Bruin this week. "I isolated myself from my friends, and that's not something you should do", the former basketball player said in his recorded YouTube video.

From 1997 to 2002, Knight played guard for the Bruins.

Just days ago, 27-year-old Tyler Honeycutt shot himself in the midst of a standoff with police.

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Knight, who was facing six felonies, apparently made a decision to end his life instead. Life is not a game. He follows by admitting to a life of sin, discussing mental illness, and apologizing to his family and friends.

News of Knights death was first released by Lorenzo Mata, former UCLA player and teammate of Knight, on his Twitter account. I hear voices in my head constantly and I don't know where they come from. Later in the video he says "I just feel like I don't belong here on Earth". He wasn't chosen in 2002 NBA Draft but played professionally in France and Japan.

Before ending the video, Knight said that he left some stuff behind for his brother and that he would be "looking over him". Following his playing career, he would become a basketball operations assistant for the G-League's Northern Arizona Suns, an affiliate of the Phoenix Suns, from 2016-2017.

The AP News reports Escoto as saying, "I planned on going to his house to talk, but his mom called me 45 minutes later saying, 'He had a gun and was talking insane..."

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