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Former UCLA basketball star found dead after recording heartbreaking video

12 July 2018

Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight was found dead early Sunday morning on a Phoenix road, police in Arizona confirmed (via the Los Angeles Daily News).

Knight was 39 years old at the time of his death.

A Los Angeles native, Knight played for the Bruins from 1997 to 2002, averaging eight points and two rebounds per game.

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The already-tragic situation involving former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight took an even darker turn on Wednesday.

According to reports, former Bruins Basketball player, Lorenzo Meta-Real was first to reveal the tragic news, via Twitter. Before his untimely death, Billy posted a six-minute video on YouTube on July 8 titled "Billy Knight "I'm Sorry Lord" that hinted at possible suicide. At this time it's unclear his cause of death, but it will soon be determined by the medical examiner in Arizona's Maricopa County, according to ESPN.

During the video, Knight becomes emotional as he repeatedly references his faith and calls on people with mental health difficulties to reach out to loved ones. "I isolated myself from my friends, and that's not something you should do".

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Mental illness is a awful disease and should be treated very seriously. "I just want to say that I lived a life of sin". "I lied, I cheated and I stole", he said. I was a taker.

"I isolated myself from my family members", Knight said. You can't play around with life. I hear voices in my head constantly.

Knight continues, "I just ask God for forgiveness for all the wrong I've done". But he said he left "some things" for him, saying it's not much, but it's what he had left. After college, he played in the D-League in France and Japan.

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The AP News reports Escoto as saying, "I planned on going to his house to talk, but his mom called me 45 minutes later saying, 'He had a gun and was talking insane..."

Former UCLA basketball star found dead after recording heartbreaking video