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June 19, 2010 (WASHINGTON) — The Sudanese born basketball player Manute Bol has passed away on Saturday after falling ill last month to a rare condition that ultimately led to kidney failure and painful skin reactions.

Bol was being treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville according to its spokeswoman.

The 7-foot 7-inch player who was born in Turalie a remote village in the southern part of Sudan, first came to the U.S. in the early eighties after being discovered by Don Feeley a coach from Fairleigh Dickinson University who was at a coaching clinic in Sudan.

But his initial years in the United States were not easy as he struggled trying to learn English and almost headed back home thinking other students were laughing at him in an English-language class.

"I actually packed my bags and was going to the bus," he recalls.

Bol played at the National Basketball Association (NBA) starting in 1985 with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami, averaging 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks for his career. He led the league in blocks in 1985-86 with Washington (5.0 per game) and in 1988-89 with Golden State (4.3 a game).

He was one of the tallest players in NBA history.

After the NBA, Bol worked closely as an advisory board member of Sudan Sunrise, which promotes reconciliation in Sudan.

Originally from South Sudan and a member of the Dinka tribe, Bol used his fortune to help his people who were in the midst of a two decades of civil war with the North. He contributed millions to the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) fighting the government in Khartoum.

Owing to that and bad investments, Bol stood on the verge of bankruptcy and was forced to sell his homes.

"I never thought about the money I lost," Bol told The New York Daily News in 2004. "It wasn’t lost. It helped Sudan". In that same year Bol was seriously injured in a car accident when the driver lost control and slamming into a ledge before rolling over.

Bol and the driver were both ejected, and Bol suffered head injuries and broke his neck, wrist and knee. A police investigation found that the driver, who died due to injuries suffered in the crash, had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.

He was hospitalized in mid-May during a stopover in Washington after returning to the United States from Sudan. Bol was in Sudan to help build a school in conjunction with Sudan Sunrise but stayed longer than anticipated after the president of southern Sudan asked him to make election appearances and use his influence to counter corruption in the county.

He had undergone three dialysis treatments and developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a condition that caused him to lose patches of skin. Bol’s friend Tom Prichard who was the executive director of the Sudan Sunrise foundation said the skin around Bol’s mouth was so sore he went 11 days without eating and could barely talk.

Prichard said it’s believed Bol contracted the skin disease as a reaction to kidney medication he took while in Sudan.

Janis Ricker, operations manager of Sudan Sunrise, said Saturday the organization will continue its work building the school in Bol’s home village in southern Sudan. She said Bol’s goal was to build 41 schools throughout Sudan.

The Wizards Bol as a "true humanitarian and an ambassador for the sport of basketball."

"Despite his accomplishments on the court, his lasting legacy will be the tireless work and causes he promoted in his native Sudan and the cities in which he played," the club said in a statement.

Philadelphia general manager Ed Stefanski released a statement on Bol’s death Saturday.

"On behalf of the entire Philadelphia 76ers organization, we would like to pass along our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family of Manute during this very difficult time," Stefanski said.

"Manute’s impact on this city, our franchise and the game of basketball cannot be put into words. He was a person who was continually giving of himself through his generosity and humanitarian efforts in order to make the world around him a much better place, for which he will always be remembered."

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  • 20 June 2010 06:31, by Biliu

    He’s a true hero and a true son of Southern Sudan, may God rest you in peace brother and bring courage and perseverance to your love once.

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    • 20 June 2010 15:50, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

      This world is not our home, but Manut’ s life has been too short am so sorry. May the almighty God rest your soul in enternal peace.

      We love Manut very much but Almighty God love him most. We have no chioce but to pray for his dear soul to rest in peace. Manut, God be with you soul till we meets at Jesus feet in future enternity.

      May God bless your soul,

      Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism and corruption.

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    • 21 June 2010 06:09, by John Awan

      Condolences to the family of my dear. His memories and life will endure. God rest him in peace.

      Rev. John Awan

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  • 20 June 2010 06:38, by Deng Ateny Lueth

    dear Manut. may God almighty find favor and rest your soul in enternal life. and may God counsoled the rest of your relatives. you have one time donated your money to the rest of us in refugee camp in kenya, God will be generous to your soul.

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  • 20 June 2010 06:39, by Dinka Boy

    May God rest the soul of our brother Manut Bol in highest/ Heaven.
    Bol had done alot in the South history. He help the moment and he help students across East Africa where South Sudanese are studying. He gave alot of money because he is aproud South Sudanese. manut is one of the patriot who love his country more than his own self. He die but his soul will be remember by all of us-South Sudanese. Bol is among those who can die because of his people. He became almost bankruptcy because he gave all his money to his people because they were severly hunger. This is the man who we will remember because of his patriotism. He never turn his back at the time he came to USA. His life is always in the South Sudan. God rest manut in peace in heaven. Amen

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  • 20 June 2010 06:45, by Madhod

    Bol Manute, you have done countless humanitarian work in Sudan, and we thanks you for thank! I just want to let you know that the Southern Sudanese people will really missed you. May you Rest in Peace and may God Bless you and your family !!!

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    • 20 June 2010 09:34, by Takpiny

      May God bless his soul
      Mr Bol’s death will be remembered by many people for a long time to come he was well loved in the southern Sudan community for his charitable and hard work., we lost someone so dear to our nation

      To Mr Manute is family and close relative I send you my love , darling and all my sympathy .

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    • 21 June 2010 08:43, by John Sebit

      Dear all,
      I would like to convey my sincere condollence to the family of Madute Bol & to all the citizen of Southern Sudan for having loss this very graet man.
      Madute elevate the name Sudan in the history of Basketball, not only that but also worked for his mother land southern Sudan during the war by donating or contributing millions $.
      The war in Southern Sudan were fought in varoius ways.
      Thus may Almighty God rise his soul in feace.

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  • 20 June 2010 06:49, by Angelo Ajiech Manyuat

    First and foremost, I would like to convey my sincere condolence to the family of Manut Bol and all his entire friends in this planet. In fact, this is a terrible news for people all over the world especially we Southerners in particular. Manut Bol is our hero, he fought our enemy alongside SPLM/SPLA by supporting them with logistics which is something incredible and a kind of him. In other words, Manut Bol had done lots of great things in South Sudan. Last and not the least, may almighty God rest his soul in peace.

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    • 20 June 2010 07:01, by pol d

      Oh GOD, we love you Manut Bol, Southern minors will never forget you especially in Pochalla you save us alot, rest in peace.

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    • 20 June 2010 07:13, by Makeethy

      Rest in peace Manute.

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  • 20 June 2010 07:24, by James John

    My ass.......

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    • 20 June 2010 08:06, by Grader

      Hey James J...

      No joke with death. Your time will come and people treat you the way you are doing to a dead man.

      It doesn’t matter what hurt he did you? he’s dead and you’re alive.

      You’re warned not to repeat such grave mistake again.

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    • 20 June 2010 08:42, by Dinka Boy

      James John,

      The characteristics that describe decent human being with abnormal person is stupidity and disrespectful.

      I can not blame you completely because you have been brought up in the narrowed family.

      You writing comment conclude that you have been born outside your family range. If not then you were born premature which make you less inhuman in thinking.

      Your reasoning can and will not help you for centuries and this is because your likes are still wearing skin clothes in the bush.

      Your relatives are always refuse for civilisalization, you will asked yourself how i knew your background,but i know how you guys think.

      I am sorry to respond to you while you are once born out of wadelock.
      Thanks

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    • 20 June 2010 13:14, by Guotdit Guot Guot

      What a devin and heartlessness person don’t you know Manut has played a big role during the war.

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    • 20 June 2010 13:18, by Guotdit Guot Guot

      What a devin and heartlessness person don’t you know Manut has played a big role during the war. you can’t escape the death asshole

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    • 21 June 2010 01:38, by ojok s. ojok

      James, this is time for sorrow, forget about what happen b/n you and Manute. yours on the backyard! Mnute rest in peace!!

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  • 20 June 2010 07:45, by DASODIKO

    I have seen him in Egypt in 1990 when he came to see South Sudan students studying in Cairo. He was ver tall to the extend that he was brought in VAN. He was a very good man and a Poineers, May God Rest His Soul in Peace.

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    • 20 June 2010 07:52, by Michael Madit Magot

      May his soul rest in peace! Sudan has indeed lost its icon who championed putting history into its place. His achievements will not die but will live forever.

      Father! put him in your right hand side.

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      • 20 June 2010 08:21, by Wiyual

        May Almighty place his soul at his Right-hands!

        Indeed, South Sudanese, and Sudanese in general have lost a true hero. I met Mr. Bol back in 1993 in place called Natinga, the late Dr. Garang’s Headquarter then. Manute Bol had donated all his portions to the cause of this Sudanese struggle. My eyes still remember Manute’s tears he shed when looking at the suffering and struggle of Red Army under that tree. May Almighty reward him back in full!

        Wiyual,
        Former SPLA/SPLM Red Army

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      • 20 June 2010 08:41, by thieleling

        I sincerely registered my heartfelt condolence and prayerful support for all sudanese who lost their egalitarian son in brother Manute Bol. Manute was a sincere sudanese cultural ambassador to united States and the rest of western countries during his NBA career. But his assets were also corruptedly used by John Garang during the bush war and recently by Kiir during this past April elections. May his soul rest in peace!!

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        • 20 June 2010 08:46, by Dinka Boy

          Thieling,

          Haaaaaaaa, you are born empty and you will die empty.
          Dr John Garang corrupt the asset !
          This is the only reasoning that Nuer can reason.

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          • 20 June 2010 09:35, by Jeremiah Mach

            Thieleling,

            If Dr John and Salva Kiir can corrupts Manute’s donation, who else can manage it well in the South?. Beside that, we are not talking politics, we are experessing our sincer condolence.

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            • 20 June 2010 10:23, by Thomas Athian Lual

              May you soul rest in eternal glory most dear brother Manut Bol and the Risen Christ bring consolation to your family and the whole nation of South Sudan.

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  • 20 June 2010 10:36, by angokachuil

    We in Warrap State we lost great man, may God rest his soul in peace

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    • 20 June 2010 14:40, by Toposa Boy Southerner

      Well well well
      Next we hope to be Silver kirr and his corrupt tribe’s man dinkies
      So that the poor one in south can reclaim there money

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  • 20 June 2010 14:59, by James Okuk Solomon

    Dear Brother Manut Bol, rest in eternal peace till we meet again.

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    • 20 June 2010 16:13, by Lukudu

      I thank you so much Mr Jeremiah,

      This is not time to talk politics but time to console the family and friends of late Manute. I have not seen him physically but spiritually I have seen him through his endless efforts in contributing towards peace in our country.

      If we are believers, we should know that death is endless and can happen to everyone both good and bad. The Bilble teaches us that let us be ready for the coming of the Lord and that death comes like a thief without anyone’s knowledge. For those who laugh and enjoy hearing the death of others are the same like those who eat all their food today and never care about tomorrow thinking that tomorrow will bring its own fruits but without having any faith in God the creator of heaven and earth and all man kinds.

      As we all are waiting for our days, I will say we will meet with our dear brother once again in the everlasting kingdom of heaven. May God rest his soul in peace and console his family.

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      • 20 June 2010 19:06, by monythai

        I passed my heartly fell condolence to the families, friends and the whole Southern Sudanese for this very great lost we have today. May our heavenly Father forgive him his short coming and give him enternity rest men.

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  • 20 June 2010 17:03, by telfajbago

    I pass my condolences to the family, people of South Sudan as well as the NBA that nurtured him to be what he used to be, we loved him but God loved him most, may the almighty rest his soul in paradise of greenery and eternal shade. Amen.

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  • 21 June 2010 03:02, by Kur

    God who loves people with kind hearts will always be with you in your eternal rest. We will remember you forever. May God rest your soul in peace.

    Kur

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  • 21 June 2010 05:39, by RAHELA GARANG

    We will live to remember your legacy. You have inspired, motivated, supported and helped every single person in Sudan and in the whole world either directly or indirectly. If only we had a choice we would save you but God loves you more and perhaps wants you to be with him.You were a pride of our Nation, Rest in peace Mr Bol.

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    • 21 June 2010 07:32, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      Sorrowfully

      Many black people died early due to lack of black Doctors
      that can help us with all of theirs heart.

      let Deng Abuk be with him

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  • 22 June 2010 03:09, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    May the Lord Comfort the decease family of Manut Bol!!!!
    Dear Manut Bol, although you passed away!!, your true love which you had shown to all Southern Sudanese people is still hovering over us. We will never forget you Manut Bol except only those who don’t know you. We love you and love you through your brilliant generosity as a sole donor to the people of Southern Sudan. Dear Mr Manut Bol, I believe that you will see Jesus Christ in Heaven. I love you and I love you and I love you. Almight God will rest your soul in an everlasting enternal life.

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