Tyler Honeycutt Dies by Apparent Suicide at 27
Tyler Honeycutt has died at the age of 27, KABC confirmed, He was found dead early Saturday morning of an apparent suicide after exchanging gunfire with Los Angeles police late Friday night. Honeycutt played basketball for the UCLA Bruins from 2009 to 2011.
The Los Angeles Times reported that SWAT officers responded to a call of a “man with a gun” Friday night. Police fired back after hearing a gunshot in Honeycutt’s house. Hours later, when SWAT entered the house, Honeycutt was found dead.
Bort Escoto, a family friend who coached Honeycutt while he was in high school, said he tried to stay in contact with Honeycutt after police officers arrived. On Saturday morning, Honeycutt’s mother told Escoto her son had killed himself, Escoto told the LA Times.
Professional basketball player Royce White, an outspoken mental health advocate, wrote on Twitter, “We failed you. We love you. We’ll miss you brother.” Others, including UCLA basketball, reacted to the news on Twitter.
We failed you. We love you. We’ll miss you brother.
RIP Tyler Honeycutt pic.twitter.com/co5NtkYLjQ
— Royce White (@Highway_30) July 7, 2018
My prayers go out to Tyler Honeycutt never know what ppl are going thru.
— Joe Crawford (@JoeCrawford5) July 7, 2018
WOW. I don’t even know what to say. RIP Tyler Honeycutt…He was my big bro going up playing basketball. Prayers go up for him and his family ????
— Austin McBroom (@AustinMcbroom) July 7, 2018
We are saddened by the news of Tyler Honeycutt’s passing. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/ZbIpeyc9kH
— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) July 7, 2018
This is sad news about Tyler Honeycutt. Mental health issues are real and depression is serious. He played at Sylmar just like me. https://t.co/Oi75FoDXLQ
— George Wrighster III (@georgewrighster) July 7, 2018
If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who feel suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.