Before University of California, Los Angeles basketball players Jalen Hill passed away after a mental health convalescence – and went missing in Costa Rica.
Jalen played for the UCLA Bruins for three seasons before officially leaving the team in February 2021 for “personal reasons”. Then he talked to LA time to clarify he needs a mental health break. In April last year, he told this magazine that he struggled a lot with depression and anxiety:
“I just want, nah, I need to rest. It was a tough decision to make, but once I knew what I had to do it wasn’t difficult, just like I had envisioned, it worked for me. “
He also posted a video Instagram same month, saying that he felt like his mental state was “ruining” the team’s performance:
“I just have to distance myself because the space I’m in, it’s taking a toll on the team, so I don’t want to restrict them from achieving their goals either.”
Sadly, Hill will never return to court, as his family confirmed on Tuesday through his father. George HillThe athlete’s Instagram tragically passed away after mysteriously going missing. The post, on the private page, shows a photo of his son from a Sports Illustrated shoot and read about the family’s heartbreak:
“Our hearts are broken and completely broken to inform family and friends that our beloved son Jalen has passed away.”
The post goes on to say that Jalen went missing in Costa Rica some time ago – he passed away in August but the parents only “recently” learned of their son’s passing:
“Jalen went missing while in Costa Rica and we recently learned of his passing. We realize that many people will have questions but we cannot share any details at this time.”
Very very sad.
It ends by asking for privacy as they try and navigate this unimaginable time in their lives:
“As we try to navigate this devastating time in our lives, we ask that you please give us time to grieve.”
Hurt. He is only 22 years old…
The 6-foot-10 basketball star is the driving force in the Bruins’ team ‘2019-2020. The sophomore then averaged 9.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game – making 25 starts during the run. He was also a member of the 2015 US team at FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship and won the gold medal. He averaged 8.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Many fans as well as friends took to social media to express their condolences and condolences to his family after his tragic passing. It’s unclear how long he was missing or how he died – but what is certain is that he left a lasting impact on so many people who crossed the path with him. What a tragic loss.
Our hearts go out to Jalen’s family and friends, we are sending them love and light. You can rest in peace.