Basketball great Manute Bol dies in Charlottesville

The tallest man ever to play in the NBA, Manute Bol, died unexpectedly Saturday, and it happened at the UVA Medical Center.

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Sadly, I read that if Mr.Bol had returned to the US sooner and received top drawer medical care more quickly, then he may not have passed from this.
He will not be here on Earth to raise his newborn child.
People of every age do die every day. We like to believe that only the elderly die, because it makes passing through our everyday lives seem easier. In reality, each day could be our last. Adults without known medical issues drop every day, of the flu, or of unknown heart arrhythmias, as do children.

"Stay Alert": You really do not know what you are talking about. There is noting going on at UVA that is out of the ordinary. His care was top notch. That is why he was flown here from his native country.

"Honoree": Great words.

Are you suggesting that the Casteen Cloaking Device has prevented the Hook from reporting on Bol's offensive limitations on the basketball court because of his connection with U.Va. Hospital? It wouldn't be more of a stretch than some of the troll's claims.

A rather tall friend of mine told me today that really tall people have shorter life spans in general. Something about the heart's long term ability to keep up with the volume of muscles and such..

RIP Manute.

He was a great man. Rest In Peace, Manute!

Stay Alert-Humans do not come with an expiration date. People get sick and die every day, some a lot younger than Mr. Bol. As reported by Newsplex yesterday:

"Sudan Sunrise executive director Tom Prichard says in an e-mail that the 7-foot-6 Bol died Saturday morning at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. He died of complications from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a rare skin condition contracted after a reaction to a medication he had taken in Africa."

Definition of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome from

"Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare, serious disorder in which your skin and mucous membranes react severely to a medication or infection. Often, Stevens-Johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters, eventually causing the top layer of your skin to die and shed.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is an emergency medical condition that usually requires hospitalization. Treatment focuses on eliminating the underlying cause, controlling symptoms and minimizing complications."

I would say Mr. Bol did not have a very pleasant last few weeks of his life. Whether he was an NBA great or an average player, he should be granted the grace of not having his death become a part of a conspiracy or UVA bashing session. The man died from complications of a serious condition. Happens every day. RIP.

No one should die at 48. Something must be going on in the Charlottesville hospital!

Max Brando -

On what planet do you spend most of your time? NOTHING in the posting by The Hook related to Bol's talents or skills as a player. It did, however, reference his height, which is a measurable that is not denied.

What's your problem?

Max -

Okay, he wasn't a hall of fame talent. His greatness came after he left the court, and it's a shame he never got the Nobel Peace Prize.

A couple links:


Rest in peace, Manute. He was a charitable man who was deeply committed to improving the lives of the Sudanese people. In that sense, he was a father figure to many, many Sudanese. On this Father's Day, we might take a moment to say a prayer or think a pleasant thought about a man who thought of others more than he thought of himself -- a rare disposition.

Oh, and he invented and popularized the phrase "my bad".

Bol was only an average ballplayer, certainly not a great one, ask anyone who has knowledge of the NBA. And, by the by, check his stats, which you omit entirely. Your publication is much too effusive with its praise of others. No wonder the Hook's judgemet is so suspect.

He was a greater man than any NBA great likely ever will be. Anyone who jokes about this ought to look in the mirror and ask yourself what you've done for anyone other than yourself lately--he was a brilliant man of charity. There are countless articles--and even a book--about what he did for his homeland.

When I hear things like this, I wonder if doctors do more harm than good overall.

If you stop rising to the bait, the fisherman will find a different pond