FORMER UCLA Forward Jalen Hill has passed away after he had gone missing while traveling internationally.
Hill’s death was confirmed by his father, George Hill, on social media, sharing a photo of Hill with a heartbreaking caption, reported Sports Illustrated.
“Our hearts are shattered and completely broken to inform family and friends that our beloved son, Jalen has passed away.
“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.
Friends, former teammates and colleagues spoke about Hill following the news, including Etop Udo-Ema.
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“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.
Hill was 22 years old.
The U.S. Sun has reached out to UCLA for comment.
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