Manute Bol: NBA Player

June 19, 2010

It is a sad day for basketball and Sudan as former NBA player Manute Bol has died. He was known for being one of the tallest players in the game and also for his charity work. Learn all about him plus see a great video too.

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Manute Bol, a former NBA player, has died today at age 47. He died in a Virginia hospital where he had been for several weeks after spending months in his homeland of Sudan. He was being treated for severe kidney failure and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome which is a rare skin disease that he caught while in Sudan.

Sudanese-born Bol gained fame as one of the tallest players ever to play basketball for the National Basketball Association. Some sources say he was 7’7″ and some say he was 7’6 either way he was really tall. He was drafted by the Washington Bullets at the age of 23. He went on to play for the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat throughout his ten year career. Besides his height Manute was also known on the court for his shot blocking ability.

Once his basketball career ended he became an activist for his homeland of Sudan and was involved in many charities to help the war-ravaged nation. It is believed that he spent most of what he earned played basketball to supporting causes for Sudan, including the Ring True Foundation which he established himself. He appeared on Fox’s Celebrity Boxing show in exchange for them running the number of his organization on screen during the event. That is not the only stunt he pulled for publicity for his charity, he also signed a one day contract with the Indianapolis Ice of the Central Hockey League and also did a brief stint as a horse jockey. Bol was also involved with a three week march from the United Nations to the U.S Capitol in D.C which brought awareness to modern day slavery and human rights abuse in Sudan. He was clearly very passionate about his birth country.

Former NBA player Manute Bol passed away today. He will always be remembered for his time on the court and devotion to doing charity work for Sudan.

Photos: RoninKengo

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