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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/24/2010

Funeral for Manute Bol on Tuesday

By Washington Post editors

The funeral for former NBA player and humanitarian Manute Bol will be held Tuesday.

Tom Prichard, executive director of Sudan Sunrise, said Wednesday that the service will be at the Washington National Cathedral and will be open to the public.

Bol died Saturday at 47 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville after suffering severe kidney problems and a painful skin condition.

Bol, who was 7-foot-7, played 10 seasons in the NBA. He was drafted by the Washington Bullets (later renamed the Washington Wizards) in 1985, where he played until he was traded to the Golden State Warriors just before the 1988-89 season. He spent his post-basketball years working as an advisory board member of Sudan Sunrise, which promotes reconciliation in his native Sudan.

-- Staff and Associated Press reports

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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God Bless Manute, we'll miss you.

Posted by: 123cartoon | June 24, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I met him years ago, he came to a Sudanese reception and my father pointed him out to me. He had the most gracious smile and he spoke to everyone in the nicest way ever. Rest in peace Manute, from god we come to god we return.

Posted by: Nina6 | June 24, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Is there a requirement, other than ability to pay, to have a memorial service at WNC? If a check had to be cut for this, I presume Irene Pollin made it happen.

Is WNC in the Congressional Budget as "The National House of Prayer" and does that mean Presidents and other high ranking government officials get their memorials for free or discounted?

Posted by: rdpinva | June 24, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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