His family has confirmed that Jalen Hills, an ex-UCLA star basketball player, is deceased.
The 22-year-old’s family took to social media on Tuesday to tell fans of the young man’s passing.
“We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people,”The family posted the following Instagram message. “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. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.”
Jalen’s father, George Hill, posted this on Instagram confirming Jalen’s passing. pic.twitter.com/TU1tjscVCl
— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) September 21, 2022
Although the family declined to provide further information about the death, they did ask for it. “time to grieve.”
“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,”This is what the article said.
UCLA released a statement stating that the school is closed. “deeply saddened”By the news.
We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Jalen Hill, a former student-athlete. We send our deepest condolences and sympathies to Jalen Hill’s family during this time of sorrow. pic.twitter.com/JOUrHjh9NU
— UCLA Men’s Basketball (@UCLAMBB) September 21, 2022
Mick Cronin (UCLA coach) wrote that he had written the statement. “The news of Jalen Hill’s passing is heartbreaking. 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.”
Heartbreaking news about Jalen Hill’s death is breaking. We send our condolences to his loved ones. Jalen, a kind-hearted young man who had a big smile and a heartfelt personality, has passed away too quickly. pic.twitter.com/YK69T7r91B
— Mick Cronin (@CoachMickCronin) September 21, 2022
Hill, a 4-star UCLA recruit and standout player in the early 2021 season, sat out for the second half. In the off-season Hill made the shocking announcement that he wouldn’t return to basketball in 2022. According to reports, he stated that he had mental health problems and decided not to play basketball anymore. New York Post.
“When I (took a step back), it was a whole new life,”Hill declared that he wouldn’t return to court. “I’ve never felt this happy before in my life. I just wake up and I’m just happy to be alive. And it sounds crazy to say it, but it’s just true.”
Hill was a member of the trio of players arrested in China for shoplifting in 2017 when he was a freshman at UCLA in 2017. Hill and the other two players — LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley — were suspended for the entire season for the stunt.
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