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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Turpin shot himself dead: coroner

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) A coroner's report says former Kentucky basketball star Melvin Turpin died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 49.

The report Friday gave no other information about the investigation, including whether Turpin left a suicide note. Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn had said Thursday that Turpin took his own life in his Lexington house, but didn't say how.

Turpin starred for Kentucky from 1980-84. The 211-cm center helped lead the Wildcats to three consecutive regular-season Southeastern Conference titles.

He also played in the NBA for Washington and Cleveland.



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