manute bol getty Manute Bol, NBA er and humanitarian, dies at 477-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.

]]>tells the 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. RIP, Manute. Follow Zap2it and Zap2it Andrea  on Twitter and Zap2iton Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news. Photo credit: Getty

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