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Former NBA Star Manute Bol Dies

6/19/2010 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0619_manute_bol_getty_bnManute Bol -- best known for being one of the tallest players to ever play in the NBA -- died today, according to various reports.

Bol was hospitalized in Virgina back in May after suffering acute kidney failure.

Bol played in the NBA from 1985-1994 and was one of the best shot blockers in the league. Bol was extremely involved in charities in his native Sudan -- donating an estimated $3.5 million aid Sudanese refugees.

He was 47.

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Mia    

Wow only 47, so young. Rest in Peace brother.

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SpokenWord    

Wow, such a generous individual. Well, heaven has gotten another angel rip.

1404 days ago
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mjfan212    

R.I.P

1404 days ago
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ryberg    

I appreciate TMZ's recognition of such a great individual. Our world needs more people like this. He may have died young but he positively effected more people the men who die at 95. RIP.

1404 days ago
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F Hyde    

Another Angel gone Home too soon. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES. May he RIP.

1404 days ago
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dd    

Wow Manute RIP..

1404 days ago
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greg    

I remember him playing as if it were just yesterday..so young...so young...

1404 days ago
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WebWiseWoman    

A sad, sad event... Bless you and sympathies to your family and all the people you touched...

1404 days ago
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Mike    

So when is it that he started looking like a brownie?

1404 days ago
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dd    

mike it's time to take your adderall.

1404 days ago
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Brian    

I love how TMZ will keep the filth and trash at the top of the page and push down a story about one of the recent greats in sports passing. He was what all athletes need to model themselves after. A great man, and a great humanitarian. Rest in Peace Manute.

1404 days ago
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WebWiseWoman    

Not only was he an excellent athelete he donated everything he earned to finding a solution for pease in Sudan and the surrounding regions!



Mike, seriously, adderol, as dd suggested... move on to lyndsanity or whomever; leave a good person alone!

1404 days ago
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Michael    

What a loss. Great guy!

1404 days ago
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eddie     

RIP Manute Boi!! Well done my Servant!!

1404 days ago
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JD Santini    

Your story says that he was one of the tallest to ever play in the NBA and then you don't even mention his height. Unbelievable. Nice reporting job once again, TMZ.

1404 days ago
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