Former UCLA Basketball Player Jalen Hill Dead at 22

Former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill has died at age 22 after going missing in Costa Rica, according to his family.

"We know Jalen Hill  has played a part in the lives of so many people," the family shared on Instagram Sept. 20

Jalen Hill played with the Bruins from 2017 to 2021.

Jalen  Hill announced that he would be stepping away from basketball for good, citing mental health reasons for why he left the UCLA program.

"I just had to distance myself because the headspace I was in, it was damaging the team,"Jalen Hill  said in a 2021

The UCLA Men's Basketball team released a statement, “ We offer our most sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Jalen Hill was a warm-hearted young man with a great smile who has left us far too soon."