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Despite its tragic ending, Orlando Woolridge's life was filled with joy he created

Updated: June 11, 2012, 4:04 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

The first report out of Louisiana was shocking to those who hadn't heard his name in a while. And, as these things often are, it was cold.

Former NBA player Orlando Woolridge, 52, was pronounced dead Thursday night at his parents' home in Mansfield, La. The coroner said he had been under hospice care for a chronic heart condition.

And from there, the story was filled out with the facts of Woolridge's life: A 6-foot-9 star at Notre Dame, he was a member of the 1978 Final Four ...

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