Remembering Manute Bol: NBA Gentle Giant and Humanitarian

June 19th, 2010 by Phil Andrews Leave a reply »

Death is never easy to grasp, especially when it comes unexpectedly, much like today’s passing of former NBA center, Manute Bol at the age of 47.

I had no idea Bol was even sick but apparently the seven-foot-seven gentle giant became gravely ill in May with kidney problems and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a rare skin disease contracted while visiting his home country of Sudan.

According to the University of  Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, the official cause of death was kidney failure.

My personal connection with Manute dates back to the winter of 1985. At the time I was the weekend sports anchor/reporter for WMUR Television in Manchester, N.H. The University of Bridgeport men’s basketball team was in town to play the New Hampshire College Penmen, and guess who was the starting center for Bridgeport?


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