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Former Marquette player Whitehead dies at 56
Former Marquette player and Waukegan native Jerome Whitehead has died. He was 56.
Whitehead, who also played 11 seasons in the NBA, was found dead by his sister in his home Dec. 20 near El Cajon, Calif., according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.
Whitehead had apparently been dead for some time, as there were "signs of decomposition," an examiner's office spokesman said.
An autopsy found that Whitehead had died from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage related to chronic alcohol abuse, an investigator at the examiner's office said.
The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds during his three seasons at Marquette. He averaged 14.0 points and 8.3 rebounds during the school's national championship season in 1977, and hit a buzzer-beating, game-winning layup against North Carolina-Charlotte in the national semifinal.
Marquette will observe a moment of silence for Whitehead before the team's Big East opener Tuesday night against Connecticut.