Former NBA and Notre Dame player Orlando Woolridge has died at the age of 52, The Shreveport Times reports. Desoto Parish Chief Deputy Coroner Billy Locke said Woolridge had been under hospice care for a heart condition.
Woolridge, who died in his parents' Mansfield, LA home, played college basketball at Notre Dame. In 1978, he was part of Notre Dame's final four team, and was drafted #6 by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 1981 NBA Draft, ESPN reports. He played in Chicago for 5 seasons.
He signed with the New Jersey Nets as a free agent after the 1985-86 season.
Woolrdige was suspended during the 1987-1988 season for substance abuse, The Shreveport Times reports. He retired from the NBA in 1994, and in 2010, he was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall Of Fame.
Throughout his career, Woolrdige also played for the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Detroit Pistons, and the Philadelphia 76ers.
According to Yahoo Sports, Woolridge was the leading scorer of the 1983-1984 Chicago Bulls. He was also one of the most impressive dunkers in the NBA.
Woolridge also coached the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.