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Manute Bol, former NBA player, dies at 47

BolFormer NBA player Manute Bol died Saturday morning at a Virginia hospital where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition. He was 47.

Sudan Sunrise executive director Tom Prichard, said in an e-mail that the 7-foot-6 Bol died at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

Bol played 10 seasons in the NBA and later worked with Sudan Sunrise, a humanitarian group based in Lenexa, Kan., that promotes reconciliation in Sudan. Bol played in the NBA with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami.

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-- Associated Press

Photo: Manute Bol, left, guards Patrick Ewing during a 1993 game. Credit: Associated Press

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He was a great man. May God rest his soul. You will be missed...

so young, so sad =(

rest in peace my brother.

Too bad, he was a great guy, doing such good work, RIP...

Very sad; he was a class act. Wonder whether his medical problems were in any way related to his size? RIP.

I remember when he used to play for the 76rs along with Charles Barkley. Dying at such young age is terrible. Hopefully others will follow the example and continue doing more humanitarian work to help people in Africa. RIP Manute Bol.

Not directly, no. The condition that killed him was caused a bad reaction to medication that he had taken. Kidney failure, internal bleeding. He had been ill for some weeks; I recall hearing the news a while ago.

Very sad. But he seems to have given so much of himself to help the people he cared about the most, so that one can say it was a life very well lived.

Hail, and farewell.

Oh man
Poor poor Manute.

This is so sad.


A quality man. Too bad he died at such a young age. RIP Manute


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