Former Basketball Star Dead In Apparent Suicide. Here’s What We Know

David Hookstead | Reporter

Former UCLA basketball star Billy Knight reportedly killed himself over the weekend.

TMZ reported the following on the situation:

Ex-UCLA star and renowned basketball trainer Billy Knight was found dead in Phoenix on Sunday after posting an apparent video suicide note … cops confirm to TMZ Sports

The 39-year-old posted a YouTube video early Sunday morning saying it was “probably my last message on Earth” … and noting, “My time is up.”

In the video, an emotional Knight talks about depression and apologizes to friends and family. He also advises people suffering from mental illness to seek help, so they don’t end up like him. 

This is such a tragic situation, and there aren’t a ton of details known at this time about what might have motivated Knight’s actions. (RELATED: Washington State Quarterback Found Dead After Apparent Suicide)

11 Mar 2000: Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins dribbles the ball down court during a game against the Washington Huskies at the Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, California The Bruins defeated the Huskies 90-64. (Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross /Allsport/ Getty Images)

11 Mar 2000: Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins dribbles the ball down court during a game against the Washington Huskies at the Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, California The Bruins defeated the Huskies 90-64. (Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross /Allsport/ Getty Images)

It just goes to show that you sometimes can never know what is going on behind the scenes in somebody’s mind or heart. As I’ve often said before, people see athletes and view them as these people who live in a different world. Sure, that’s partly true sometimes. Star athletes certainly don’t live the same lives most people do.

However, that doesn’t mean their lives are perfect. That’s not how it works at all. Star athletes can suffer from depression, mental illness and a whole host of other problems. Nobody’s life is perfect, and everybody can find themselves struggling with something at some point.

I know we like to come in here at The Smoke Room and have fun, but we’ve seen too many stories like this recently. Never be afraid to reach out if you need help. The last thing we need is more people committing suicide because they feel there are no other options.

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