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Mel Turpin, a former N.B.A. player and all-American Kentucky center, has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 49-years-old.
The Kentucky standout was the sixth player selected in the 1984 NBA draft.
Turpin was drafted by the Washington Bullets, then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He finished his career with the Utah Jazz. In 1985-86, his best season, he averaged 13.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.