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Visitation announced for Turpin

1984 official player portrait of Melvin Turpin. University of Kentucky Athletics Department Photo.
1984 official player portrait of Melvin Turpin. University of Kentucky Athletics Department Photo.

Public visitation for former University of Kentucky basketball star Melvin Turpin will be held from 3-7 p.m., Monday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Road.

Private funeral services will be held later.

Turpin, 49, died Thursday. He was a popular starting center for the UK team during the early 1980s.

A Lexington native, Turpin was drafted sixth in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets and immediately traded to Cleveland. Turpin also played professional basketball for Utah before his pro career ended after five seasons.

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