Zach Hollywood, a redshirt freshman on the Ball State basketball team, has died, the university confirmed to multiple local news outlets Tuesday.
Hollywood was 19 years old.
This is his final tweet, from 5:39 a.m. Tuesday morning:
Be careful what you say to everyone because you don't know what kind of battles they are going through
— Zachary Hollywood (@zachhollywood24) August 22, 2017
Hollywood redshirted last season at Ball State after averaging 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game as a senior at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School in Bradley, Ill.
“On behalf of Ball State University, it is with profound sadness that we learned today of the passing of Zachary “Zach” Hollywood, a student from Bradley, Illinois,” the school said in a statement. “Zach has been a part of our family for the past year. 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 teammates reacted on social media:
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
— Trey Moses (@treymoses32) August 23, 2017
Hollywood’s death is a tragic turn in an already devastating story for his family, which lost Zach’s mother, Susan, suddenly just over one year ago.