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A rising basketball star has tragically passed away at the age of 22. Jalen Hill, who played at UCLA during his collegiate career and helped his team win two national championships, died unexpectedly yesterday.

According to his family and the university, Jalen Hill, who played basketball for UCLA for three seasons before departing last year for personal reasons, has passed away. He was 22.

On Tuesday, his family announced that Hill had passed away after going missing in Costa Rica. No other information was offered.

In the message, Hill’s family stated, “We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people.” “We also recognise the part that a great deal of you have played in his. Please give us some space to process this terrible period in our lives as we try to manage it. Please remember us in your prayers.”

On Wednesday, UCLA and head coach Mick Cronin released statements on social media honoring Hill’s passing.

“The demise of former student-athlete Jalen Hill severely saddens our programme. In this trying time, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends “said the school.

Cronin referred to Hill’s passing as “heartbreaking.”

The coach tweeted, “Jalen was a warm-hearted young man with a terrific smile who has left us far too soon.”

Hill, a forward-center from Corona, California, started 40 of his 77 career games for the Bruins over the course of three seasons, averaging 6.5 points and 6.4 rebounds.

Hill announced his decision to leave the programme in February of 2021 in an Instagram video that was posted in April of that year.

He declared that he would give up playing basketball because of his anxiety and sadness.

“I left for no reason related to the team, Cronin, coaches, or anything else of the sort. Just so everyone is clear, it was I “In the video, he remarked.

Hill, LiAngelo Ball, and Cody Riley were all arrested for shoplifting as freshmen in China in November 2017 while the team was there on a goodwill mission to play a Pac-12 game. All three players were subject to a 2017–18 season-long suspension at UCLA.

Hill and Riley went back to school to finish their undergraduate degrees while Ball dropped out.