Former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill dies at 22

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Jalen Hill, who played basketball at UCLA for three seasons until leaving last year for personal reasons, has died, according to his family and the university. He was 22.

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His family posted on Instagram on Tuesday that Hill had died after going missing in Costa Rica. No further details were provided.

"We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people," Hill's family wrote in the post. "We also acknowledge the role that so many of you have played in his.

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 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."

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UCLA and coach Mick Cronin posted statements on social media Wednesday acknowledging Hill's death.

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Our program is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former student-athlete Jalen Hill. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time, the school said.

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"Jalen was a warm-hearted young man with a great smile who has left us far too soon," the coach tweeted.

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Hill, a forward-center from Corona, California, averaged 6.5 points and 6.4 rebounds while starting 40 of 77 career games for the Bruins during three seasons.

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"The reason I left had nothing to do with the team or Cronin or coaches, nothing like that. Just so everybody can understand, it was me," he said in the video.

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