Former UCLA Bruins basketball player, Jalen Hill, dies at the age of 22, reported ESPN. Earlier this week once the saddening news broke, UCLA head coach Mark Cronin released a statement on behalf of the University. Ultimately, Hill played for Cronin for just two full seasons, however, the bond these two had appeared to be special.
“The news of Jalen Hill’s passing is heartbreaking,” 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.”
In 2017, he was suspended for the season for shoplifting in China alongside LiAngilo Ball and Cody Riley. In 2018-19, he returned from suspension playing until the 2020-21 season. He later announced his retirement due to his mental health.
“I just had to distance myself because the headspace I was in, it was damaging the team,” Hill said in the video. “So I didn’t want to restrict them from achieving their goals, too.”
Naturally, Hill’s family is distraught by the devastating news and also left a heartwarming statement. While the cause of his death is still being looked into at the moment, only limited details have been disclosed.
“We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people,” his family wrote in the Instagram post. “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.”
Not to mention, his high school HC, Josh Giles, appeared to have a unique bond and attachment to Hill. Centennial High School was located in Corona, California. He spoke highly of Hill and how great of a basketball player he was but even a better person, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“I’m so stunned I don’t even have an emotion right now,” said Giles, who also told the Times that he has been in contact with Hill’s family. “To hear something like this is next-level devastating.”
Facts of UCLA Jalen Hill’s Death
Currently, there’s a ton of mystery surrounding Hill’s death. Since details are limited to what happened!
Hill took a trip to Costa Rica and was reported missing. Eventually, his body was later found, however, he was deceased. It’s an ongoing investigation and as more is revealed updates will follow.