A somber goodbye to basketball great Melvin Turpin today.
A public memorial was held for the great at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington this afternoon.
Turpin was a force during his playing days at Kentucky.
He ranks 15th on the cats all-time scoring list scoring over 1,500 points from 1980-1984.
He's described as a 6'11'' gentle giant.
Turpin made friends with whom ever he came in contact with.
That's why it's was hard for many to come to the funeral home today, knowing that he's gone way to soon and had so much more to give.
Visitation will last until 7 PM tonight.
A private funeral will be held Tuesday.
Turpin passed away at the age of 49.