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LEGENDARY KENTUCKY BASKETBALL PLAYER COMMITS SUICIDE

July 9, 2010

“DINNER BELL” MEL TURPIN

Former All-American Kentucky center Mel Turpin died Thursday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 49.

Turpin was an absolute superstar in college. He once scored 42 points, hitting 18 of 22 shots versus Tennessee. Turpin also shot 15/17 in a game against LSU. However, as a pro, Turpin was a total bust despite being the sixth pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. Weight issues led to the nickname “Dinner Bell Mel” and Turpin was out of the NBA after just five seasons.