Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Manute Bol, retired basketball player, has died (updated)

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 6:19 PM

click to enlarge Manute Bol (left) died Saturday at the age of 47.
  • Manute Bol (left) died Saturday at the age of 47.

Update (6:19 p.m. June 23): The funeral for Olathe resident and former NBA player Manute Bol is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., where the 7-foot-7-inch center's professional basketball career began. That's according to a Facebook message from Bol's friend, Tom Prichard, who adds that the funeral is open to the public.

KCUR 89.3 reports that Bol told his cousin that he wanted to be buried next to his father in the village of Turlai in Sudan.

Random trivia, Bol was the guy who helped popularize

the phrase "my bad." I updated and corrected the above trivia note

after reading Dan Steinberg's Washington

Post blog.

Original story (12:52 p.m. June 19): Retired NBA player and

Olathe resident Maute Bol died today, according to a Facebook

message from Bol's friend, Tom Prichard.

manutebol2.jpg
Manute

Bol (left) was one large humanitarian.

​Bol, who was

hospitalized

May 12 with acute kidney failure and Stevens-Johnson

Syndrome (described as a potentially deadly skin disease), was 47.

In a message sent today via Facebook, Prichard wrote: 

I am very sorry to pass on the news

that Manute Bol died this morning at

UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. Please hold his family in your

prayers.

If you would like to leave messages for his family

here, we will see they get them.

"Well done, good and faithful

servant."

Sudan and all the world will miss you.


At one time, the 7-foot-7 center was the tallest player in the NBA. Bol

started his career in 1985 with the Washington Bullets. He was known for

his shot blocking. He played for the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76'ers and Miami Heat, ending his career during the 1994-95 season.

Bol spent much of his pro basketball money on charitable efforts to end the violence in Sudan. Bol's Sudan Sunrise foundation is based in Lenexa, Kansas.

In May, a "get

well soon" Facebook page dedicated to Bol said the former basketball player "was so determined to help with the election in Sudan, he

postponed

needed medical care."

That led to trouble upon Bol's return

stateside. Bol flew into Dulles International Airport and stayed the

night. He was supposed to fly back to Kansas, but Bol had to be rushed

to a hospital.

Last month, The Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger wrote a really good column about Bol's life.

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