Jalen Hill, former UCLA basketball player, dies at age 22

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A former UCLA basketball star Jalen Hill passed away at the age of 22. The UCLA athletics department confirmed the news early on Wednesday morning.

UCLA head coach Mick Cronin said in a statement that Hill’s passing has been “heartbreaking” and said the former Bruins forward “was a warm-hearted young man with a great smile who has left us far too soon.”

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Hill’s family stated via his Instagram post that it was informed about his death just recently, following the time Hill disappeared from Costa Rica, but did not provide further details.

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“We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people,” his family wrote on the Instagram post. “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.”

Josh Giles, Hill’s coach at Centennial High School in Corona, California, told the Los Angeles Times that Hill was “a great basketball player, but I just loved him as a person.”

“I’m so stunned I don’t even have an emotion right now,” Giles said. Giles who also confirmed to the Times that he’s had contact with his family Hill. “To hear something like this is next-level devastating.”

The 6-foot-10 Hill played in a three-year stint at UCLA before taking a break following the 2020-21 season. He declared depression and anxiety during an Instagram video that announced his retirement. The team was disbanded in February 2021 but did not announce his decision until April, stating that he didn’t want to disrupt the Bruins running toward Final Four. Final Four.

“I just had to distance myself because the headspace I was in, it was damaging the team,” Hill declared on the clip. “So I didn’t want to restrict them from achieving their goals, too.”

Hill was among three UCLA players together with LiAngelo Ball as well as Cody Riley, who was detained in China for shoplifting in November of 2017. Hill was banned for the 2017-18 season but returned to UCLA following the season. He played in 77 games over his tenure as a member of the Bruins and averaged 6.5 scores and 6.4 rebounds.

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