Nowadays when we hear that someone famous was found dead and it was ruled a suicide, people everywhere raise an eyebrow. Well, the latest person with a household name in some quarters, Tyler Honeycutt, a former UCLA and NBA basketball star, appears to have actually done the deed himself.
Summoned to his residence when his mother claimed he was acting erratic, Honeycutt got into a shootout with police that lead to a standoff that lasted several hours. When Honeycutt did not return fire at one point, police entered his abode.
According to LAPD … it doesn’t appear as if Honeycutt was struck by any gunfire in the shootout, but “appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” We’re told a gun was found on the scene.
LAPD tells us … officers responded to a call of a man with a gun at Honeycutt’s Sherman Oaks residence after 5 PM Friday, and upon arrival — he fired a shot at them. We’re told cops fired back, but no officers were injured.
After an hours-long standoff — SWAT entered his home and found Honeycutt unresponsive. He was declared dead at the scene by the fire department.
What preceded the erratic behavior was not immediately known, but it does look like this man was facing demons and succumbed.
This is the sort of death that should invoke the sympathetic calls for people to ask for help and not ignore those who need it. Contrary to the lyrics of a certain song, suicide is not painless for anyone involved, both the individual and those left behind.
Honeycutt was a UCLA basketball star, earning All-Pac-10 first team honors in 2011 as a sophomore, before being drafted by the Kings in the second round. He played in parts of 2 seasons with them, before heading to Europe to play pro ball.
He was 27.