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A Ball State basketball player was found dead in an off-campus apartment


A basketball player for Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana has been found dead in an off-campus apartment.

The body of Zach Hollywood, 19-year-old native of Bradley, Illinois, was discovered at the building Tuesday.

Authorities in Muncie say foul play is not suspected in Hollywood’s death, adding the signs discovered point to suicide instead.

Ball State released a letter to all of its student athletes Tuesday calling Hollywood’s death cause for “profound sadness.”

“Zach has been a part of our community for the past year,” the school’s statement said of Hollywood, who was a redshirt freshman on Ball State’s practice squad before his death.

“During his time on campus, he was a member of the men’s basketball team and made many positive impressions throughout campus,” it added. “This is a tragedy. Our heartfelt condolences are with his family, friends and teammates.”

Hollywood reportedly had four years of eligibility left at Ball State, which boasts a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s basketball team.

The special education major was born in Kankakee, Illinois, and his father Scott Hollywood, played college basketball at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.

Susan Hollywood, Zach Hollywood’s mother who died in August 2016, called herself “her son’s biggest sports fan” in her obituary.

Zach Hollywood averaged 17.5 points per game as a senior at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School in Illinois before entering college.

The college athlete posted his last tweet around 5:39 a.m. local time Tuesday, hours before his body was discovered.

Zach Hollywood’s teammates, meanwhile, voiced sadness over losing him on Twitter throughout Tuesday.

Zach Hollywood appeared in a video for Ball State in February describing his struggles following his mother’s death.

“Everyone has their problems and battles they might not tell anyone,” he said.

“When I feel pain, I just think about all the pain my mom felt and how much she still fought to try to make it through it. There’s no pain I can feel that I can’t push myself through.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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