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Manute Bol: Manute Bol Dead

NBA star Manute Bol passes away at 47


In this Oct. 4, 1985 photo, New York Knicks Patrick Ewing (33) goes up to block Washington Bullets' Manute Bol's shot during an NBA  exhibition basketball game at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.   Bol has died at a Virginia hospital, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition according to an associate of Bol's. . Sudan Sunrise executive director Tom Prichard says in an e-mail that  Bol died Saturday, June 19, 2010 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. The 47-year-old Bol played 10 seasons in the NBA and later founded Sudan Sunrise, a humanitarian group based in Lenexa, Kan., that promotes reconciliation in Sudan.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

In this Oct. 4, 1985 photo, New York Knicks Patrick Ewing (33) goes up to block Washington Bullets' Manute Bol's shot during an NBA exhibition basketball game at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Bol has died at a Virginia hospital, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition according to an associate of Bol's. . Sudan Sunrise executive director Tom Prichard says in an e-mail that Bol died Saturday, June 19, 2010 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. The 47-year-old Bol played 10 seasons in the NBA. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Former NBA center Manute Bol passed away Saturday. He had been battling acute kidney failure and skin disease Stevens-Johnson syndrome. He was 47.


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Bol was known for his towering height, even amongst an NBA where most of the players stand above 6-and-a-half feet; Bol was a massive 7-foot-6.

Bol was an activist in his native Sudan; he founded Sudan Sunrise, a group that promotes reconciliation in the country.

Bol played 10 seasons in the NBA with four different teams: Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami.

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