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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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Bren    

I hate seeing bad things happen to good people. The world needs more of these generous souls. May he RIP.

1557 days ago
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john johnson    

r.i.p. manute.

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Vincent    

He was always so nice. Kids would come up to him and ask him how tall are you.. He would bend down and pick them up over his head and ask them "How tall do you think I am?" Very generous man.

1557 days ago
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TD    

Trust me folks, we are far better off without him!!

1557 days ago
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Tim    

known to be one of the tallest ATLEAST SAY HOW TALL HE WAS




he was 7'7 incase you were wondering, 3 inches taller then Yao who is the tallest guy in the NBA now

1557 days ago
36.

What the?    

nice grammar

1556 days ago
37.

merlin    

“I went to the Pentagon myself, and told them, ‘We are being wiped out by Islamic fundamentalists.’ I try to educate them … nobody believe us, I feel like a fool.”



He didn't have Janet Napolitano back then to tell him the proper name for terrorism in his country: man-caused disasters. RIP Mr. Bol--you were ahead of your time back then.

1556 days ago
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Bee    

RIP, what an incredible man

1556 days ago
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david merkiel    

LOVE U MANUTE BOL RIP BROTHER. WATCHED U SINCE U CAME IN THE NBA LEAGUE GOD BLESS U MAN FOR ALL THE GOOD TIMES IN THE NBA.

1556 days ago
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greta     

Rest In Peace Manute

1556 days ago
41.

kimberly    

what did he die from?

1556 days ago
42.

Ben    

Well, we found out that angels are not tiny . A question for medieval scholars was (how many angels can dance on the head of a pin) ? Manute was a real angel....he helped others with his wealth from the NBA....

1556 days ago
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nopucksnosticks    

Manute always remained loyal to the people of Sudan and spent his fortune establishing schools and hospitals for the very poor. Not having been raised in Compton, he felt an obligation to invest in making the world a better place.

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