LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mel Turpin, a former All-America center at Kentucky and an NBA player, committed suicide Thursday, police said. He was 49.
Police and the coroner were called to his North Lexington house Thursday afternoon.
Coroner Gary Ginn said Turpin committed suicide, but he would not say how. He also would not say whether Turpin left behind a suicide note.
Margaret Burrus, his sister, tearfully told reporters outside her home that her brother was diabetic and trying to keep it under control.
"I didn't know he was depressed or anything," she said. "I would have never said that he would have done this."
The 6-foot-11 Turpin, dubbed "The Big Dipper," was All-SEC for UK from 1980-84.
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