Manute Bol (October 16, 1962 – June 19 2010) was a Sudanese-born basketball player and activist. Until the debut of Gheorghe Muresan, Bol was undisputedly the tallest player ever to appear in the National Basketball Association. Manute Bol was believed to have been born on October 16, 1962 in either Turalie or Gogrial, Sudan. He was the son of a Dinka tribal chief, who gave him the name "Manute," which means "special blessing." Manute Bol was 7 ft 6.75 in (2.30.51 m) and 225 lb (102 kg).