The “Shreveport Times” reported on Friday that former NBA forward Orlando Woolridge passed away Thursday evening at the home of his parents in Mansfield, Louisiana, after a long battle with a chronic heart condition. The former Notre Dame player, who played in the NCAA Final Four Tournament as a freshman, was just 52-years-old and had received hospice care for his condition.
Woolridge played 13 seasons in the Association after being taken with a first round pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 1981 NBA Draft. He left the Bulls after four seasons, signing with the New Jersey Nets as a Free Agent in the Summer of 1986, He would also have stints with the Lakers, the Nuggets, the Pistons, the Bucks as well as the Sixers during his NBA career.
The former forward turned to coaching in his latter years, spending time with the WNBA franchise the Los Angeles Sparks as well as with Arizona in the ABA. Woolridge became a member of the Louisiana Hall Of Fame in 2010.