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.