I'm not sure how many of you know this but Manute Bol was living in Olathe, KS, just outside of Kansas City. He passed away today at the age of 47.
Bol died at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition, Tom Prichard, executive director of the group Sudan Sunrise, said in an e-mail.â†µ
"Sudan and the world have lost a hero and an example for all of us," Prichard said. "Manute, we'll miss you. Our prayers and best wishes go out to all his family, and all who mourn his loss."â†µ
Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star had an excellent piece on him a few months ago that is worth checking out.