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Mel Turpin found dead at 49


Mel Turpin of the Milwaukee Bucks in action on 01/09/1985. Credit: Heinz Kluetmeier SetNumber: X30961 TK4

Heinz Kluetmeier

The Associated Press is reporting that Mel Turpin was found dead in his Lexington, Kentucky home on Thursday. The reported cause of Turpin’s death was suicide. Turpin was 49 years old.

Turpin was a star at Kentucky, and was taken 6th overall in the legendary 1984 NBA draft. In five seasons with the Cavaliers, Jazz, and Washington Bullets, Turpin averaged 8.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.