Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight was found dead early Sunday morning in Arizona at age 39.
Officials pronounced Knight dead around 2:45 a.m. Sunday after the Phoenix fire department found Knight on a roadway, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. No evidence of foul play was found, according to the report.
Knight’s death comes after he posted a July 8 video on YouTube.
“This is probably my last message on Earth,” Knight says on the video we’re not linking to. He talks about depression and apologizes to loved ones in the video.
Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight
Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight
21 Nov 2000: Billy Knight #3 of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins watches the action during the game against the California State University of Northridge (CSUN) Matadors at the Pauley Pavillion in Westwood, California. The Matadors defeated the Bruins 78-74.Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross /Allsport
11 Dec 1999: Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins dribbles the ball during a game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The Bulldogs defeated the Bruins 59-43.
11 Mar 2000: Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins dribbles the ball down court during a game against the Washington Huskies at the Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, California The Bruins defeated the Huskies 90-64. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross /Allsport
05 Dec 2001: Guard Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins defends against the UC Riverside Highlanders during the NCAA game at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, California. UCLA defeated UC Riverside 65-50. Mandatory Credit: Donald Miralle/Allsport
6 Jan 2002: Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins shoots a free throw during the NCAA basketball game against the Washington State Cougars at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The Bruins defeated the Cougars 81-69.Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images
9 Feb 2002: Guard Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins dribbles the ball during the NCAA game against the UC Irvine Anteaters at Pauley Pavillion in Westwood, California. UCLA defeated UC Irvine 75-74. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE Mandatory Credit: Jon Ferrey/NBAE/Getty Images
15 Mar 2002: Rico Hines #22 hugs teammate Billy Knight #3 after Knight was taken out of their game against Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
PITTSBURGH - MARCH 17: Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates during the second round of the 2002 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament on March 17, 2002 against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bruins won in double overtime 105-101. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
UCLA's Billy Knight (L) and Cedric Bozeman (21) celebrate their 105-101
win over Cincinnati in double over time in the second round West
Regional game in Pittsburgh on March 17, 2002. REUTERS/Gabor Degre
UCLA's T.J. Cummings (L), Billy Knight (C), and Ryan Walcott (R)
celebrate near the end of their 105-101 upset of Cincinnati in the
second round NCAA West Regional game in Pittsburgh on March 17, 2002.
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Former Bruins, media respond to Billy Knight’s death
Former Bruin Lorenzo Mata shared the news on Twitter early Tuesday encouraging people struggling with mental health concerns to seek help.
Sad. Sad. Sad. Rest Easy Billy Knight. Another bruin gone. Another athlete gone. Mental illness IS NOT A JOKE!!! I’m here for EVERYONE who needs to talk. We ALL go through problems. Don’t be AFRAID TO GET HELP!! #awareness#MentalHealthMatters#SpeakUp
CalHi Sports journalist Ronnie Flores reports that members of the UCLA basketball community attempted to reach out to Knight after the video was posted.
His former teammates and others saw the video. Yesterday evening, UCLA family, myself and others in basketball community were trying to reach out to Billy Knight. By 10 pm PT , it was frantic and serious, as he was in Phoenix/Sedona area. This is devastating news for many.
Former Bruin Tracy Murray echoed Mata’s sentiment for people considering suicide to seek help.
Knight played guard for the Bruins from 1997-2002 where he averaged 8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, including 14.1 points per game in a breakout senior year where he started all 33 games. He played in the D-League and in France and Japan after college.
Knight’s death comes just days after former UCLA basketball player Tyler Honeycutt fatally shot himself during a standoff with police on Friday.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.