Former UCLA basketball star Jalen Hill has died at the age of 22, family and the university confirmed Tuesday evening.
Details about Hill's cause of death are limited, but his family confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Hill ended up in Costa Rica.
Hill, a center forward, joined the Bruins in 2017 and played three seasons before leaving the team in 2021 due to anxiety and depression, according to the LA Times.
In 2017, Hill made international headlines after participating in a entrepreneurship event while visiting Hangzhou, China on a cultural exchange trip to UCLA.
Hill was later suspended for the incident along with teammates LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley.
"The news of Jalen Hill's death is heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. UCLA men's soccer head coach Mick Cronin posted on Twitter.
"Jalen was a warm young man with a great smile who left us too soon."
“Our program is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former student athlete Jalen Hill. Our condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time. »
Hill was born in Tampa, Florida, and attended Centennial High School in Corona, where he was ranked the 47th ranked high school basketball player in the nation.