Jalen Hill, former UCLA forward, has sadly passed away at 22. The saddening piece of news was confirmed by the Hill’s former High school coach Josh Giles. He said that to hear something like this is next-level devastating. After the announcement of the news, many of the player’s fans rushed to social media to pay him gentle tributes. It is no doubt to say that a large section of people is saddened to learn about his sudden passing. RIP and condolence messages have flooded the internet ever since. Here, check what happened to him and how did he die.
According to reports, Hill had gone missing in Costa Rica after a year of stepping away from the Bruins. From 2017 to 2021, he played for the Bruins. Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Jalen Hill’s father shared the news in which he wrote that their heart are shattered and completely broken to inform family and friends that their beloved son has taken his last breath. He went on to add that Jalen went missing while in Costa Rica and that they have recently learned of his demise.
Knowing that the fans might have questions, he said that they can not share any detail at this time. Adding further, Jalen’s father wrote that they know Jalen had played a part in the life of so many people and that they acknowledge the role that so many of you have played in his too. The family asked the public to respect their privacy and give them to grieve as they try to navigate this devastating time in their lives.
The post soon went viral and garnered attention. Well-wishers and fans of Jalen Hill expressed their sadness about his sudden death and paid him tributes. Sources confirm that Jalen Hill was a four-star recruit out of Centennial (CA) who joined UCLA ahead of the 2017-2018 season. While averaging 6.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, Hill made a total of 77 career appearances.
UCLA Men’s Basketball took to Twitter and posted a picture of the player and wrote that their program is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former student-athlete Jalen. They continued to write that they offer their most sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. It was not always a given that Jalen would put up big numbers in blue and gold. Our team also pays him sincere tributes and extends our deepest condolences to his family.