7-foot-7 Sudanese Manute Bol, who was the tallest NBA player during the 10 seasons he spent in the league, has passed away at the age of 47. He died in the University of Virginia hospital in Charlottesville while being treated for severe kidney trouble.
Associated Press, “Sudan and
the world have lost a hero and an example for all of us. Manute, we’ll
miss you. Our prayers and best wishes go out to all
his family, and all who mourn his loss.”
Bol joined the NBA in 1985 with the Washington Bullets, where he played
for three seasons. He also played for Golden State, Philadelphia and
Miami. After his decade of NBA play, Bol was an advisory board member of
Sudan Sunrise, which promotes reconciliation in Sudan.
After spending time in Sudan, Bol had undergone three dialysis
treatments and developed
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a condition that caused him to lose patches of
skin. Prichard said the skin around Bol’s mouth was so sore he went 11
days without eating and could barely talk.. Prichard said it’s believed
Bol contracted the skin
disease as a reaction to kidney medication he took while in Africa.
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