Former NBA player Manute Bol died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville at the age of 47.
Manute Bol was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition at the University of Virginia Hospital, Tom Prichard, executive director of the group Sudan Sunrise, said in an e-mail.
“Sudan and the world have lost a hero and an example for all of us,” Prichard said. “Manute, we’ll miss you. Our prayers and best wishes go out to all his family, and all who mourn his loss.”
Manute Bol was a 7’7″ shot blocker from Sudan who played 10 seasons in the NBA.
Manute Bol played for Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami. He averaged 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks for his career. He led the league in blocks in 1985-86 with Washington (5.0 per game) and in 1988-89 with Golden State (4.3 a game).
“Manute’s impact on this city, our franchise and the game of basketball cannot be put into words,” 76ers president and general manager Ed Stefanski said in a statement. “He … was continually giving of himself through his generosity and humanitarian efforts in order to make the world around him a much better place, for which he will always be remembered.”
“Despite his accomplishments on the court, his lasting legacy will be the tireless work and causes he promoted in his native Sudan and the cities in which he played,” the Washington Wizards team said in a statement.
Manute Bol was well-known for his humanitarian efforts after his NBA career.