Former NBA Player Tyler Honeycutt Dies of “Self-Inflicted Injury” at 27
The former UCLA Bruin and NBA player Tyler Honeycutt has died at the age of 27.
Multiple reports have confirmed that Honeycutt was involved with a shootout with the Los Angeles Police Department before subsequently “barricaded himself inside of the residence.” and committing suicide. A rep of the LAPD stated that the death “appears to be a self-inflicted injury by gunshot.”
Honeycutt passed away at 2:35 a.m. that morning after his body was found in Sherman Oaks, California.
Tyler Honeycutt passed away…
Player's agent, mr. Aaron Mintz, confirmed the death of Honeycutt@Khimkibasket expresses its deepest condolences to Tyler's family and friends
Rest in peace, Tyler… pic.twitter.com/y0SELMlgNN
— BC Khimki (@Khimkibasket) July 7, 2018
Following college, Honeycutt would go onto play two seasons with the Sacramento Kings, before moving onto the EuroLeague where he played for BC Khimki in Russia.
The LAPD released the following statement in the aftermath of the shooting: “Regarding last nights Officer-Involved Shooting in Van Nuys Division, it appears as if the suspect was not struck by any officer’s gunfire. The suspect appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
According to the mother and the high school coach of Honeycutt, the 27-year old has been struggled with mental health issues and was noted to have been acting erratic on Friday evening, just hours before taking his own life.
By all accounts, a very troubling and saddening weekend in the basketball community.