Ex-UCLA Star Billy Knight Found Dead At 39 After 'Goodbye' Video

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

William "Billy" Knight, a former Westchester High standout and UCLA swingman was found dead just before 3 a.m. Sunday morning on a Phoenix roadway, according to the Daily News.

No evidence of foul play was suspected, police said.

His cause of death will ultimately be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner.

Knight posted this troubling video the same day he was found dead.

"This is probably my last message on Earth", Knight says on the video we're not linking to.

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Knight played guard for the Bruins from 1997-2002 where he averaged 8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, including 14.1 points per game in a breakout senior year where he started all 33 games.

After graduating from UCLA, Knight went undrafted and spent time in the National Basketball Association D-League before going to the Harlem Globetrotters and playing overseas. UCLA fans have been dealt a second heartbreaking loss, as just this past weekend, former Bruin, Tyler Honeycutt, lost his life in a shootout with the police.

Billy Knight, 39, was a basketball operations assistant for the Northern Arizona Suns of the developmental G League in the 2016-17 season.

Many local basketball pundits took to Twitter to share their condolences, including longtime sports writers Frank Burlison and Ronnie Flores.

"The fatal news about former UCLA Billy Knight is devastating!"

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