Saturday, June 19, 2010

Manute Bol passes away at the age of 47

Former NBA player Manute Bol passed away Saturday in Virginia after battling Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and being treated for severe kidney trouble. The 7'7" Bol played for the then-Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat during his ten years in the NBA.

After retiring from basketball, Bol was well-known for his humanitarian efforts and work with charitable causes. He established the Ring True Foundation to provide aid to Sudanese refugees and began making several appearances to promote the organization.

In 2002, Bol boxed William "Refrigerator" Perry for a Fox Celebrity Boxing show, during which the phone number to the foundation was broadcast in exchange for Bol agreeing to appear. He also signed a one-day contract with the Indianapolis Ice of the Central Hockey League and had a stint as a horse jockey, both in an effort to generate publicity for the organization and raise money to help children in the Sudan. He has most recently been involved as a board member of Sudan Sunrise.

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