Jerome Whitehead is dead at the the age of 56. He was found in his apartment in El Cajon, California by his sister. He had been dead for a few days by the time his sister found him. Whitehead played in the NBA for 11 seasons before retiring. He played for the San Diego Clippers twice, the Utah Jazz, the Dallas Mavericks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors, and the San Antonio Spurs.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Whitehead suffered a gastrointestinal hemorrhage, the result of alcohol abuse throughout his life. He was found on December 20th.
Whitehead averaged 6.5 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game in his career. He was a standout for Marquette University. At Marquette, Whitehead averaged 11.1 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. He played three seasons at Marquette.
Whitehead was drafted by Buffalo Braves in 1978, but he never played in Buffalo. The team moved to San Diego and became the Clippers. There, Whitehead spent the majority of his career. From 1978-79, he was with the Clippers. Then he returned to San Diego and played from 1980-84.
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