There's been a string of tragic suicides in 2018. The news just broke that a former UCLA basketball star has been found dead.
TMZ reported that renowned basketball trainer Billy Knight was found dead in Phoenix on Sunday. The 39-year-old posted what now appears to be a video suicide note.
In a YouTube video posted early Sunday morning, he said that this was "probably my last message on Earth" ... and noting, "My time is up."
In the heartrending video, Knight revealed his depression and apologized to friends and family for his decision to take his own life. He also advised people suffering from mental illness to seek help, so they don't end up like him.
Shortly after the video was posted, the Phoenix P.D. says officers found Knight's body in a roadway in downtown Phoenix.
"No evidence of foul play was detected," said officers.
However, the body has been sent to the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.
He wasn't drafted in 2002, so he played in the NBA's D-league. Then he played basketball overseas.
The news of Knight's death has rocked the basketball community. Ex-NBA star Matt Barnes wrote, "Rest Easy My Brotha! Your summer time beach workouts had me in the best shape of my life to start every season!"
Others also mourned his loss.
Please pray for the basketball community and for Knight's family as they mourn his loss in such a violent and tragic way. Please also pray for all those contemplating suicide and all those impacted by suicide.
If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.