Former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill dies at 22

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Jalen Hill, who played hoops astatine UCLA for 3 seasons until leaving past twelvemonth for idiosyncratic reasons, has died, according to his household and the university. He was 22.

His household posted connected Instagram connected Tuesday that Hill had died aft going missing successful Costa Rica. No further details were provided.

"We cognize Jalen has played a portion successful the lives of truthful galore people," Hill's household wrote successful the post. "We besides admit the relation that truthful galore of you person played successful his. As we effort to navigate this devastating clip successful our lives, we inquire that you delight springiness america clip to grieve. Keep america successful your thoughts and prayers."

UCLA Jalen Hill Death Basketball FILE -- UCLA guardant Jalen Hill grabs a rebound during a crippled against San Diego connected Dec. 9, 2020, successful Los Angeles.  Ashley Landis / AP

UCLA and manager Mick Cronin posted statements connected societal media Wednesday acknowledging Hill's death.

"Our programme is profoundly saddened to larn of the passing of erstwhile student-athlete Jalen Hill. We connection our sincere condolences to his household and friends during this hard time," the schoolhouse said.

Cronin called Hill's decease "heartbreaking."

"Jalen was a warm-hearted young antheral with a large grin who has near america acold excessively soon," the manager tweeted.

The quality of Jalen Hill's passing is heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with his household astatine this time. Jalen was a warm-hearted young antheral with a large grin who has near america acold excessively soon.

— Mick Cronin (@CoachMickCronin) September 21, 2022

Hill, a forward-center from Corona, California, averaged 6.5 points and 6.4 rebounds portion starting 40 of 77 vocation games for the Bruins during 3 seasons.

In April 2021, Hill posted an Instagram video successful which helium explained his reasons for leaving the programme that February. He said helium would beryllium retiring from hoops arsenic helium dealt with anxiousness and depression.

"The crushed I near had thing to bash with the squad oregon Cronin oregon coaches, thing similar that. Just truthful everybody tin understand, it was me," helium said successful the video.

As freshmen, Hill, on with LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley, were arrested successful China successful November 2017 for shoplifting during the program's goodwill sojourn to play a Pac-12 game. UCLA suspended each 3 players for the full 2017-18 season.

Ball near school, but Hill and Riley returned to implicit their assemblage careers.

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