College Basketball Player Sends Out Telling Final Tweet Before Taking His Own Life
A 19-year-old basketball player at Indiana's Ball State University has killed himself after sending a suggestive tweet.
“Be careful what you say to everyone because you don't know what kind of battles they are going through,” Zachary Hollywood sent in a final tweet Tuesday, just seven hours before his death.
Hollywood, a sophomore at Ball State, was found dead in his off campus apartment just before 1 p.m., reports said.
The 6-foot-9-inch basketball player also reportedly left multiple voicemails on a teammate’s cell phone before his death, which the fellow student didn’t hear because he was sleeping.
“I just listened to [the] voicemails you left me bro ... I LOVE YO U SO DAMN MUCH , I promise you I'm gonna make it for us bro,” Trey Moses, Hollywood’s friend, wrote on Twitter after his friend’s death.”
Moses said he also feels like he “could’ve stopped it” in another tweet.
Hollywood’s mom, Susan, died last year, but it is not clear what caused the teen to take his own life.
Hollywood’s basketball coach released a statement after his player's suicide.
“His loss is a true tragedy for all those who knew and loved him," James Whitford said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, especially Zach's family. This is an incredibly hard moment for everyone."
The school encouraged anyone needing help coping with Hollywood's death to seek help on or off campus.