On Sunday, July 8, beloved ex-UCLA basketball star Billy Knight was found dead in Pheonix. He was 39 years old, according to reports.
That morning, Knight posted a suicide video on YouTube saying it was "probably my last message on Earth." He later stated, "My time is up."
Throughout the devastating video, he discusses topics like depression and encourages others who may be suffering from this illness to seek help. He doesn't want others to follow in his footsteps when it comes to suicide.
After Knight's video was uploaded to YouTube, police arrived shortly after and found his body on a roadway in downtown Pheonix. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
"No evidence of foul play was detected," authorities said.
Investigators transported Knight's body to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office in hopes to determine the cause of his death. They have yet to release his cause of death.
"The Northern Arizona Suns are deeply saddened by the passing of Billy Knight," the NAZ Suns said in a statement. "Billy was a valuable member of the Suns family during the 2016-17 season and we will always remember him for his positive energy and ability to uplift those around him. We send our condolences to all of Billy's friends, family, and those he was able to impact through his love of basketball."
Knight was a former guard/forward for the UCLA basketball team and was the Northern Arizona Suns assistant coach. During his time with UCLA (1998-2002), he averaged 14.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game his senior year. While he wasn't picked up during the 2002 NBA draft, he did play professionally in Japan and France.
Will you join us in praying for his family?