Former UCLA forward Jalen Hill dead at age 22

Former UCLA forward Jalen Hill died after going missing in Costa Rica, his family said late Tuesday night. He was 22.

The caption of an Instagram picture said, "We know Jalen has touched the lives of so many people. "We also recognise the important part that so many of you played in his.

Please give us some space to process this terrible period in our lives as we try to manage it. Please remember and pray for us.

Hill played three seasons for the Bruins before departing during his junior season in 2021, citing depression and anxiety. Hill was a four-star recruit suspended for the 2017–18 season along with LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley for shoplifting in China.

He claimed that after stepping away from basketball, happiness came to him practically right away.

"It was a whole new life," Hill said in 2021. "I've never felt this happy before in my life.

Fill in I just feel grateful to be alive when I wake up. And although saying it sounds ridiculous, it's actually true. text

Hill's family said he was missing for a few days.

"It breaks our hearts to hear about Jalen Hill's passing. At this moment, our sympathies and condolences are with his family. Jalen was a kind-hearted young guy who had a wonderful grin, and he left us far too soon "Mick Cronin, the UCLA coach, stated in a statement.