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Manute Bol passes away at 47

Jun 19, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

Former NBA player Manute Bol has reportedly passed away due to acute kidney failure and skin disease. He was just 47 years old, but Bol will forever be immortalized in NBA lore.

Manute wasn’t exactly one of the league’s biggest stars, but he was one of its biggest stars. His long, lanky frame drew plenty of attention, and inspired one of the NBA’s most excellent photos. Still, he’ll forever be known in NBA circles as far more than a player; it’s Bol’s humanitarian efforts in Sudan that made him a giant, not his 7’6” listing or his impressive blocked shot averages.

Bol was a class act, and while it’s sad to lose a member of the extended NBA family, it’s far worse for the world to be without Manutel’s selflessness and commitment to improving the lives of the Sudanese people.

  1. Lawanna L Williams - Jun 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    We are going to miss this wonderful man. Dispite what the report says he was one of the best basketball of all times. Most important he was a humanitarian. Rest in peace Manute!
    Lawanna L Williams

  2. Happy Aki - Jun 19, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    My family and I would like to wish you and your family the the very best during these very difficult time. Please take care
    Happy Aki
    76 Kaulanana Na Pua Place
    Wailuku, Hawaii 96793.

  3. Nitesdaydreamer - Jun 19, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    My prayers go out to the family and friends of Manute. Please take a moment to learn more about the devastating allergic reaction that took his life. Stevens Johnson Syndrome can occur from virtually any drug, at any age, to anyone.

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