Tragedy has hit the UCLA basketball family. Former Bruins star Billy Knight was found dead last night at the age of 39.
Knight played for the Bruins from 1997-2002. He helped UCLA reach the Sweet Sixteen on four occasions.
Knight’s death comes shortly after he shared a disturbing YouTube video of himself. We won’t link to the video, but as of this afternoon, it was still online.
The reports are true: former UCLA / LA Westchester ('97) standout Billy Knight , 39, was found dead in the middle of the night after posting a very disturbing/unfortunate youtube video. @CalHiSports sends our condolences to his family and basketball brothers. #RIPBilly
— Ronnie Flores (@RonMFlores) July 10, 2018
Many figures around the basketball world have been reacting to Knight’s death on Twitter.
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
The fatal news about former UCLA Billy Knight is devastating! Known the Knight family for 20+ years. Great people. Parents fantastic! Billy's brother Eric played on my Belmont Shore squad in late 90s. Heartbroken!
— Dinos Trigonis (@trigonis30) July 10, 2018
Completely heart broken with the news today about my big bro Billy Knight.
From our years together in Japan, coaching him in the Drew League and just having him as a brother.
— Keion Kindred (@Keyz05) July 10, 2018
Rest In Peace coach Billy 🙏🏽😪 One of the most positive guys I’ve ever met. You will be loved forever ❤️.
— Jemarl Baker Jr. 🃏 (@jemarlbakerjr) July 10, 2018
For his career, Knight averaged 8.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. His top season came as a fifth-year senior in 2001-02, when he averaged 14.1 points per game and shot 39.7 percent from three-point range.
Our condolences go out to Knight’s family and friends.
May he rest in peace.