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Orlando Woolridge dead at 52

Updated: June 2, 2012, 9:50 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

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.

"He's been sick for quite a while, about a year," Woolridge's mother, Mattie Woolridge, told ESPNChicago.com's Melissa Isaacson. "During that ...

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