Our thoughts and prayers go out to former UCLA star Billy Knight and his family.
Knight was found dead early Sunday in Phoenix shortly after he shared a heartbreaking video on social media.
He told worried fans that he had been struggling with depression for a long time. The 39-year-old was later found by fire officials on a Phoenix roadway at approximately 2.45am.
As well as being a talented ball player, Knight was respected in his field as a sports trainer.
Known by friends and colleagues as the The Shot Master 3, he shared his final message to the world on Facebook.
He titled the video: ‘Billy Knight “I am Sorry Lord”‘: ‘I just feel like I didn’t belong here on Earth… so my time is up.’
‘A Life Of Sin’
In a truly gut-wrenching video, Knight broke down as he told fans about his ‘life of sin.’
‘I wasn’t honest with a lot of people… even my mom, my brother and my family members. I isolated myself from my family members, I isolated myself from my friends. That’s not something you should do,’ he said.
‘I was a taker… and that’s why my life ended up where it is now. Life is not a game. You can’t play around with life. It’s serious.’
‘What I want to say… I just want to help somebody out there who’s feeling like me. Maybe an ex-athlete, maybe someone who is changing jobs. I just want to at least try to help them out.’
‘If you’re feeling like this, please get help… don’t let this linger on. Mental illness is serious.’
He Broke Down When Talking About His Brother
Knight was brutally honest in the video and was reduced to tears when he spoke about his brother, Eric.
‘Eric, man, I treated you bad, too,’ Knight sobbed. ‘But I still love you, man. I love you more than anything.’
Once upon a time Knight was a extremely valued player on the UCLA team from 1998-2002, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
This is the second time tragedy to hit the UCLA family in just 24 hours.
On Saturday, former UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt was pronounced dead at at his Sherman Oaks residence.
Honeycutt reportedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound following the altercation with police at his home, the department said.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).