Ex-NBA player Whitehead found dead Ex-NBA player Jerome Whitehead was found dead in San Diego suburb FoxSports Dec 29, 2012 at 12:00a ET Former NBA player Jerome Whitehead was found dead in a San Diego suburb last week, according to California authorities. Whitehead was 56. Whitehead played for six NBA teams during his 11-year career. The 6-foot-10 forward/center was taken 41st overall by the San Diego Clippers in the 1978 draft. Whitehead was the starting center on Marquette’s 1977 NCAA title team. An autopsy revealed that Whitehead died as a result of gastrointestinal hemorrhage caused by alcohol abuse.