Basketball star commits suicide after calls for help


Zach Hollywood, a 19-year-old Ball State basketball player, was found dead Tuesday morning in his apartment in Muncie, Indiana.

Hollywood, who was a sophomore, played ball for the Cardinals after redshirting in his freshman year. Authorities ruled his death a suicide after the Delaware County coroner determined that he took his own life, reported WTHR

Hollywood posted his last two tweets early Tuesday, talking about the “battles” people face every day. He posted that the police would soon have his phone.

In a separate tweet just 15 minutes earlier, Hollywood wrote: “Just so everyone knows I did not cheat. If you want the truth ask tony or the police because they’ll have my phone.”

Requests for comment regarding Hollywood’s tweets were not immediately returned on Wednesday by the Muncie Police Department.

University officials said that Hollywood, who was a special education major from Bradley, Ill., made many “positive impressions” during his stay at Ball State University.

“Zach has been a part of our family for the past year,” the statement read. “During his time on campus, he was a member of men’s basketball team and made many positive impressions throughout campus. This is a tragedy. Our heartfelt condolences are with his family, friends and teammates.”

Hollywood’s mother, Susan, who died last year, was only 49 and her life revolved around sports. She was her son’s “biggest fan” according to an obituary in the Daily Journal.

One of Hollywood’s teammates, Trey Moses, tweeted that Zach had left him voicemails.

“I just listened to the voicemails you left me bro … I LOVE YOU SO DAMN MUCH , I promise you I’m gonna make it for us bro … I’m sorry I was asleep and couldn’t answer man, I feel I coulda stopped it…. I love you bro, we’re gonna make it,” Moses wrote.

Zach, who was a 6’9″ forward, averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds during his senior year at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School in Illinois, CBS Sports reported.

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