Former UCLA basketball star found dead after recording heartbreaking video

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2018

Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight died on Sunday after filming a suicide video he released earlier in the day, and some details surrounding the matter are emerging. Tyler Honeycutt, 27, a standout player for the program before he was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in in 2011, was found dead Saturday morning after a reported shootout with police at his home in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

"I isolated myself from my family members", Knight said.

Knight, who was facing six felonies, apparently made a decision to end his life instead. I isolated myself from my friends. Life is not a game.

Honeycutt died after a police standoff in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Knight averaged 14.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in his senior season for the Bruins before a brief global basketball stint in Japan. That's not something you should do.

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Mental illness is a awful disease and should be treated very seriously.

He said he heard voices and didn't know where they came from. Later in the video he says "I just feel like I don't belong here on Earth". Give to others. Give your soul. I couldn't obey the laws, I couldn't fit into society, so now I'll take my chances.

Knight cited his religion, saying "I am sorry, Lord", and acknowledged that he could end up in heaven, hell or somewhere in between. He later played professionally in France and Japan. Following his playing career, he would become a basketball operations assistant for the G-League's Northern Arizona Suns, an affiliate of the Phoenix Suns, from 2016-2017. The team issued a statement Tuesday saying officials were "deeply saddened" by his passing.

Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley responded on Twitter after learning of Knight's death.

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