Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight DEAD at 39
Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight was found dead on a Phoenix roadway Sunday.
Officials have found no signs of foul play in his death, according to the Phoenix police.
The UCLA men’s basketball program confirmed his death in a Twitter post.
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. pic.twitter.com/9WssEUnvbY
— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) July 10, 2018
Knight’s death came just days after 27-year-old Tyler Honeycutt fatally shot himself during a standoff with police on Friday.
Knight published a video, titled “I am Sorry Lord,” just hours before he was found dead.
“I just feel like I don’t belong here on Earth,” Knight said in the video, his voice breaking. “So my time is up.”
On Instagram, former Phoenix Suns head coach and UCLA teammate Earl Watson posted a short video clip of him and Knight laughing in a car.
Your mom lost her son, your sibling lost his big brother, your nephews lost their uncle Billy, we lost your beautiful light, and your contagious smile! The world didn’t understand your literal rhetoric, and some took advantage of that. It was you who taught me higher frequencies must be ok with being misunderstood! We live in different realms now, but our energies will always be connected! I love you more than words can ever define! Forever my brother! Forever illuminated! Rest In Paradise BK3 corner 3! -love ej #BruinsBrotherhood #BruinsLegend
In the accompanying caption, Watson wrote, “The world didn’t understand your literal rhetoric, and some took advantage of that. … I love you more than words can ever define! Forever my brother!”
Billy Knight played for the Bruins from 1997 to 2002, averaging eight points and two rebounds per game. Knight averaged 14.1 points in his final season at UCLA, second on the team, behind former NBA player Jason Kapono (16.0), and just ahead of ex-NBAer Matt Barnes (13.5). Knight was 39 years-old.