Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight was found dead on a Phoenix roadway early Sunday, the second death of an ex-Bruin this week. Knight was 39.
Knight’s body was found at 2:45 a.m. Sunday, and he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter by the Phoenix Fire Department.
The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office ruled Knight’s death a suicide by “multiple blunt force injuries.”
The UCLA men’s basketball program confirmed his death in a Twitter post.
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 cryptic, six-minute 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.”
A Los Angeles native, Knight played for the Bruins from 1997 to 2002, averaging eight points and two rebounds per game. He 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 started all 33 games in the 2001-02 campaign, but he never broke into the NBA, bouncing around the D-League and France and Japan after his college career.
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. 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!”
How Billy Knight Died?
Knight died of an apparent suicide. This is largely in part to a video that he recorded days before his death, which he refers to as “his last message on Earth.” In the video, Knight speaks of the mistakes he’s made in the past and how feels remorse for how he’s lived his life. “I lived a life of sin. I lied, I cheated, and I stole. For many people I was a taker, that’s why my life ended up where it is now. Life is not a game. You can’t play around with life.”
Watch the full video below.