Former UCLA forward Jalen Hill dies at 22 | no

Former UCLA forward Jalen Hill has died after disappearing in Costa Rica, his family said Tuesday night. He was 22 years old.

“We know that Jalen has played a role in the lives of so many people,” the statement read in an Instagram post. “We also recognize the role many of you played in his. As we try to navigate this devastating time in our lives, we ask that you give us time to grieve. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.”

A four-star recruit suspended for the 2017-18 season along with LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley for shoplifting in China, Hill played three seasons for the Bruins and left during their junior season in 2021, citing depression and anxiety. He said he found happiness almost immediately after taking a step back from basketball.

“It was a whole new life,” Hill said in 2021. “I’ve never felt so happy before in my life. I just woke up and I’m happy to be alive. And it sounds crazy to say that, but it’s just true.”

Hill’s family said he had been missing for a few days.

“The news of Jalen Hill’s passing is heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. Jalen was a kind-hearted young man with a big smile who left us too soon,” said UCLA head coach Mick. Cronin, in a statement. declaration.

— Field-level media

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