Former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill has died at age 22, the school confirmed early Wednesday morning.
In a statement, UCLA coach Mick Cronin said Hill's death is "heartbreaking," adding that the former Bruins forward "was a warm-hearted young man with a great smile who has left us far too soon."
Hill's family stated in an Instagram post that they learned of his death recently after he went missing in Costa Rica, but no further details were provided.
The 6-foot-10 Hill played parts of three seasons at UCLA before announcing his retirement after the 2020-21 season, citing anxiety and depression in an Instagram video.
He left the team in February 2021, but did not address his departure until April, citing a desire not to detract from the Bruins' run to the Final Four.
Hill was one of three UCLA players arrested in China on shoplifting charges in November 2017, along with LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley.
He was suspended for the 2017-18 season but returned to the program the next season and appeared in 77 games during his career with the Bruins, averaging 6.5 points and 6.4 rebounds.