Former UCLA Basketball Player Jalen Hill Dead At 22
By Jason Hall
September 21, 2022
Former UCLA men's basketball player Jalen Hill has died at the age of 22, the program announced in a statement shared on its verified Twitter account Wednesday (September 21) morning.
"The news of Jalen Hill's passing is heartbreaking," UCLA men's basketball coach Mick Cronin tweeted. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. Jalen was a warm-hearted young man with a great smile who has left us far too soon."
Hill was reported to have died after recently going missing during a trip to Costa Rica, his father, George, confirmed in a statement shared on his Instagram account on behalf of the family, though not revealing additional details about his son's death.
"We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people," George Hill wrote. "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."
Hill played three seasons at UCLA before retiring from basketball in 2021, citing anxiety and depression as factors for his decision during his announcement.
The Tampa native initially left the Bruins in February 2021, but waited two months to announce his decision, saying he didn't want to distract his teammates during their Final Four run.
"I just had to distance myself because the headspace I was in, it was damaging the team," Hill said in an Instagram video revealing his decision. "So I didn't want to restrict them from achieving their goals, too."