Former Cat Melvin Turpin commits suicide

Melvin Turpin

A Lexington coroner has confirmed that a former University of basketball player has killed himself.  Melvin Turpin, 49, played four seasons at UK.  He was taken sixth overall in the 1984 draft by the Bullets — the same draft with Michael Jordan, among others.  Turpin played five seasons in the pros, but never matched his college success.  As recently as a year ago, Turpin had been working as a security guard in Versailles, Ky.