Wake Forest says former basketball all-American and NBA All-Star Len Chappell has died. The school says the 77-year-old Chappell died Thursday. No cause of death was provided in Friday’s announcement.
Chappell was the No. 4 pick in the 1962 NBA draft and played nine seasons in the league, scoring more than 5,600 points. In 1964, he became the first Demon Deacons player selected to an NBA All-Star Game while with the New York Knicks.
Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight was found dead on a Phoenix roadway early Sunday, the second death of an ex-Bruin this week. Knight was 39. Knight’s body was found at 2:45 a.m. Sunday, and he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter by the Phoenix Fire Department. Officials have found no signs of foul play in his death, according to the Phoenix police.
Knight published a cryptic, six-minute video, titled “I am Sorry Lord,” just hours before he was found dead. “I just feel like I don’t belong here on Earth,” Knight said in the video, his voice breaking. “So my time is up.”
On Instagram, former Phoenix Suns head coach and UCLA teammate Earl Watson posted a short video clip of him and Knight laughing in a car. In the accompanying caption, Watson wrote, “The world didn’t understand your literal rhetoric, and some took advantage of that. … I love you more than words can ever define! Forever my brother!”