Former Bullet Manute Bol passes away at 47.

Former Washington Bullet Manute Bol has passed away at the age of 47. Bol was hospitalized in May with acute kidney failure and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a potentially deadly skin disease. He contracted the disease while visiting his home country.

Once the tallest player in the NBA, Bol led the league in blocks in 1985-86 and 1988-89, but was also one of the most charitable professional athletes. Born in Sudan, Bol has raised awareness of the problems in his home country. He was even fined $25,000 for missing two exhibition games because he was in Washington helping mediate between rebel groups vying for power during a Civil War in Sudan.He participated in many events to help Sudan, including building houses and schools in his native land.

His size was a wonder to anyone who saw him, but his generosity was thanked by all those he helped.

[SB Nation]

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