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5 NBA players who committed suicide

Three of the five NBA players that decided to end their lives.
Yash Matange
Modified 30 Oct 2017
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There is a beginning and an end to everything. Eventually, everybody has to (will) die when their time comes. Having said that, it hurts and stings that much more when somebody calls time on their own lives. There might have been deeper reasons, that many might not even know off, as to why that person felt motivated to end his life.

And although years after, we still might not know the many (or one) reason why the person decided to do so, we could take a look back at those people. So here are five NBA players that committed suicide:

#5 Melvin Turpin

Melvin Turpin (Image courtesy:
Melvin Turpin (Image courtesy:

After four noteworthy years at the University of Kentucky, Melvin Turpin was drafted sixth overall in the famous 1984 NBA Draft. He was drafted by the Washington Bullets but it was immediately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. After three seasons with them, he played a year with the Utah Jazz and then called the curtains on his career in 1990 after a season with the Bullets.

In 361 career games in the league, he averaged 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. However, his career was only limited to six seasons because of the weight issues he faced and battled.

In the 2000's, Turnpin worked as a security guard for his livelihood. At the end of that decade, courtesy of what is said to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Turpin died on July 8th, 2010.

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Published 30 Oct 2017, 09:10 IST
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