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Mel Turpin The AP is reporting that Mel Turpin was found dead in his Lexington Kentucky home on Thursday. The reported cause of Turpins death was suicide. Turpin was 49 years old.Melvin Harrison Mel Turpin (December 28 1960 July 8 2010) ... Melvin Turpin was one of the best big men to play for the Cats. He was one of the faces of Kentucky basketball in the 1980s and an individual who made everyone around him happier. I have spoken to a couple of former players today ...

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Mel Turpin