Manute Bol dead: NBA player Manute Bol suffered from kidney problems, Stevens Johnson syndrome

June 22nd, 2010 by

Source: The Examiner — Manute Bol died on Saturday at the age of 47. He suffered from severe kidney trouble and complications of a rare skin disorder, Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

Bol was a 7′ 7″ tall NBA player from Sudan who spent 10 seasons playing professional basketball. He also dedicated much of his time to humanitarian work in Africa.

According to a report in the AP, Bol had been hospitalized since late May when he fell ill during a layover on a trip home from Sudan. Bol died at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

The Google trends immediately reflected the popularity of Manute Bol, not only as an NBA player, but as a humanitarian.

News of his death became a top searched topic on Google Saturday evening and many sent out condolences via social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

Manute Bol played 10 seasons in the NBA with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami. His first year in the NBA was 1985. Bol set a rookie record by blocking an average of five shots per game.

Bol is survived by 10 children, including four with his second wife, Ajok.

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