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Los Angeles Sparks coach Orlando Woolridge reacts in the second half of a WNBA playoff game in Houston Aug. 30, 1999. Woolridge, a former Notre Dame star and NBA player, died Thursday night at age 52.

Former Irish basketball standout dies, reports say

Former Notre Dame basketball standout Orlando Woolridge died at his parents' home in Mansfield, La., according to reports.

Woolridge, 52, died Thursday night, DeSoto Parish Chief Deputy Coroner Billy Locke told the Associated Press. Woolridge was under hospice care for a chronic heart condition.

Woolridge played on the Irish's 1978 Final Four team, and was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls in 1981. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Detroit in his 13-year NBA career.

Woolridge also coached the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

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