Basketball's Orlando Woolridge dead at 52

June 1, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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MANSFIELD, La., June 1 (UPI) -- Authorities in Louisiana said former NBA player Orlando Woolridge was pronounced dead at his parents' home. He was 52.

Desoto Parish Chief Deputy Coroner Billy Locke said Woolridge, who was a member of Notre Dame's 1978 Final Four team before being drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1981, was pronounced dead Thursday in Mansfield while in hospice care for a chronic heart condition, The Shreveport (La.) Times reported Friday.

Woolridge played for multiple NBA teams before being suspended in the 1987-88 season for substance abuse. He retired from the league in 1994 and was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

He averaged 16.0 points and 4.3 rebounds over an 851-game NBA career that covered 13 seasons.

Woodridge was arrested in February for theft after allegedly stealing more than $2,000 worth of aluminum water lines used to transfer water to natural gas drilling sites.

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