This is heartbreaking news for UCLA fans and basketball fans around the country.
News broke on Tuesday that former UCLA basketball star, Billy Knight, had taken his own life at the age of 39 after battling with mental illness the past few years.
Ex-UCLA Star Billy Knight Found Dead At 39 After 'Goodbye' Video https://t.co/2Qh3OtzEk6— TMZ (@TMZ) July 10, 2018
Knight was a fantastic player for the Bruins between 1997 and 2002, but unfortunately is yet another UCLA alum gone too soon.
After graduating from UCLA, Knight went undrafted and spent time in the NBA D-League before going to the Harlem Globetrotters and playing overseas. UCLA fans have been dealt a second heartbreaking loss, as just this past weekend, former Bruin, Tyler Honeycutt, lost his life in a shootout with the police.
Knight posted this troubling video the same day he was found dead.
Knight released a video explaining his reasons behind his decision.
News of Knights death was first released by Lorenzo Mata, former UCLA player and teammate of Knight, on his Twitter account.
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— Lorenzo Mata (@RealMataLo14) July 10, 2018
Mental illness is a terrible disease and should be treated very seriously. Unfortunately, Knight couldn't get the help he needed in time, and UCLA fans have to say goodbye to another athlete far too early.