This is some unfortunate news.
Former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill tragically passed away at 22 years old.
Hill was recently in Costa Rica, where he was reported missing and has now lost his life. There isn’t any news on the cause of his death at this time, but still sad news nonetheless.
Hill played at UCLA from 2017-2021 before he decided to retire from basketball due to his struggles with anxiety and depression.
Former UCLA men’s basketball forward Jalen Hill has passed away at the age of 22, his family and university officials said.
The school wrote in a tweet, “Our program is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former student-athlete Jalen Hill. We offer our most sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
The Southern California native was a standout at Centennial High School in Corona. In an interview with the LA Times, Centennial basketball coach Josh Giles said he was talented on the court, “but I just loved him as a person.”
In a statement, UCLA men’s basketball head coach Mike Cronin called the news “heartbreaking,” and described Hill as a “warm-hearted young man with a great smile who left us far too soon.”
Earlier reports indicate his father posted the tragic news to his private Instagram account. According to ESPN, his family said Hill had gone missing in Costa Rica.
“We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people. We also acknowledge the role that so many of you have played in his. As we try to navigate this devastating time in our lives, we ask that you please give us time to grieve.”
Hopefully, his family and friends can find peace. Thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.
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