Death of Orlando Woolridge

December 16, 1959 - May 31, 2012
Mansfield, Louisiana | Age 52

Former NBA player dead at 52
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JON KRAWCZYNSKI, The Associated Press

Orlando Woolridge, the rugged forward who carved out a reputation over 13 NBA seasons as a scoring specialist and one of the original alley-oop artists, died late Thursday at his parents' home in Mansfield, La. He was 52.

DeSoto Parish Chief Deputy Coroner Billy Locke said Woolridge died while under hospice care for a chronic heart condition.

The 6-foot-9 Woolridge was the sixth overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in 1981 after...

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