Billy Knight was found dead after posting a cryptic YouTube video
A former basketball player at the University of California, Los Angeles, was found dead in Phoenix on Sunday after publishing a chilling YouTube video, saying: ‘This is probably my last message on the ground,’ authorities said.
The body of William ‘Billy’ Knight was found on a road at 2:45 am near the city center. Phoenix police said there was no evidence of wrongdoing.
There was no official reason for death, but a YouTube video refers to suicide
A statement from the Northern Arizona Suns. pic.twitter.com/ViERGZG5dY
— Northern AZ Suns (@nazsuns) July 11, 2018
‘I just want to say that I lived a life of sin, I lied, I was cheated, I was stolen,’ he said in the emotional video. ‘I have isolated myself from my family, I have isolated myself from my friends, and if this happens, you may have a mental illness.’
He heard voices and did not know where they came from.
‘Mental illness is dangerous,’ he said. ‘I just want to help someone out there, who feels like me, maybe a former athlete, maybe someone who is changing his jobs … I just want to help them at least by putting this on YouTube at least.’
He urged people who are struggling to get help.
Fares cited his religion, saying ‘I’m sorry, Lord,’ and acknowledged that he could end up in Heaven or Hell or somewhere in between.
At the end of the video, Knight talked a lot about his brother, Erik, who seemed to express remorse for his bad treatment. But he said he had left ‘some things’ to him, saying it was not big, but he did not.
UCLA Basketball Twitter Relies with Knight and his family.
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, 39, was a guard at UCLA from 1998-2002, averaging 14.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
He was not selected in the 2002 NBA competitions but has played professionally in France and Japan.
Knight was assistant basketball assistant in the 2016-2016 season for Northern Arizona from the G-Team, a team affiliated with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns team.
Northern Arizona officials issued a statement Tuesday evening saying they were ‘very sad about it’
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