Former NBA player Manute Bol dies in hospital
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP)—Manute Bol, a lithe 7-foot-7 (2.3-meter) shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 seasons in the NBA and was dedicated to humanitarian work in Africa, died Saturday. He was 47.
Bol died at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition, 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.”
Bol played 10 seasons in the NBA with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami and later worked closely as an advisory board member of Sudan Sunrise, which promotes reconciliation in Sudan. Bol averaged 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots.
Janis Ricker, operations manager of Sudan Sunrise, said Saturday that the organization would continue its work building the school in Bol’s home village in southern Sudan. The building still lacks a second floor roof, she said.
She said Bol’s goal was to build 41 schools throughout Sudan.
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