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Jalen Hill ‘dead at 22’: Tributes to UCLA basketball star flood Twitter and Instagram after he vanished in Costa Rica English Headline


A FORMER UCLA star has passed away after he was reported missing by his family.

The father of Jalen Hill confirmed the 22-year-old’s death on social media, sharing a photo of Hill with a heartbreaking caption, reported Sports Illustrated.

Jalen Hill has passed away as confirmed by his father in a heartbreaking statement

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Jalen Hill has passed away as confirmed by his father in a heartbreaking statementCredit: Getty
Hill had reportedly been in Costa Rica and went missing before his death, according to his father

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Hill had reportedly been in Costa Rica and went missing before his death, according to his fatherCredit: Getty

“Our hearts are shattered and completely broken to inform family and friends that our beloved son, Jalen has passed away,” wrote George Hill on Instagram.

“Jalen went missing while in Costa Rica and we have recently learned of his passing. We realize that many will have questions but we are unable to share any details at this time.

“As we try to navigate this devastating time in our lives, we ask that you please give us time to grieve.”

According to Sports Illustrated, Hill was recruited from Centennial High School and joined UCLA ahead of the 2017-18 season, making 77 career appearances.

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Hill, Cody Riley and LiAngelo Ball were arrested back in 2017 for shoplifting in China before the Bruins’ season opener against Georgia Tech.

The trio were suspected for their entire freshman year and Ball would eventually leave the team, however, Hill and Riley would make their returns in 2018.

Hill spoke about it on social media last September.

“Ever since then, from that point on, I was really trying to get somewhere fast,” Hill said in a video posted to his Instagram.

“I was looking at a goal in mind and, yeah it’s a cool goal. A lot of people have that goal and I was really trying to go super fast like that was going to help at all.”

He said that by doing that, instead of taking his time, really messed with his mental health and he couldn’t take the time to enjoy his surroundings and the people around him.

“I missed out on the experiences I could’ve had with them trying to hurry up and get someplace that I really didn’t want to be in.”

Friends, former teammates and colleagues spoke about Hill following the news, including Etop Udo-Ema.

“I don’t know where to begin. When we 1st met when you were still wearing the goggles. To becoming a great player & young man at UCLA,” he said in a tweet.

“We traveled all over the world together. Magic, UCLA, USA.”

The Den, UCLA’s official student section, shared a photo of Hill on the court with the caption: “RIP Jalen Hill.”

“I am saddened to confirm that former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill has passed away, his high school coach, Josh Giles confirmed, said LA Times UCLA beat writer, Ben Bolch on Twitter

The U.S. Sun has reached out to UCLA for comment.

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