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Neil Fingleton, 36, 7'7" British actor (Game of Thrones); tallest person in the UK
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That Derek
2017-02-27 00:07:31 UTC
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‘Game of Thrones’ actor Neil Fingleton dies at 36

BY Peter Sblendorio

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 5:38 PM

Game of Thrones" actor Neil Fingleton, who portrayed the towering warrior Mag the Mighty on the HBO fantasy series and was one of the world's tallest men in real life, has died.

He was 36.

Fingleton, a former basketball player who stood at 7-feet-7, died Saturday in the United Kingdom after suffering heart failure, according to TMZ.

He was the UK's tallest resident and one of the 25 tallest people on the planet. In addition to "Game of Thrones," Fingleton appeared in several popular movies including "X-Men: First Class" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Before beginning his professional acting career, Fingleton played college basketball in the U.S., first at the University of North Carolina and later at Holy Cross.

After college he was not drafted by an NBA team, but he did play professionally in England, Greece, Spain, China and Italy from 2004 to 2007.

Born in Durham, England, Fingleton was confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest man in the European Union in 2007. He was officially listed at 7 feet, 7.56 inches tall.

He once explained what he believed to be the only downside of being so tall in a comment posted to the Guinness website.

"This is the only bad thing about being tall — the stupid remarks and questions," he said. "Other than that, being tall is great."
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2017-02-27 00:26:11 UTC
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http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/game-thrones-actor-neil-fingleton-dies-36-article-1.2982808
‘Game of Thrones’ actor Neil Fingleton dies at 36
BY Peter Sblendorio
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 5:38 PM
Game of Thrones" actor Neil Fingleton, who portrayed the towering warrior Mag the Mighty on the HBO fantasy series and was one of the world's tallest men in real life, has died.
He was 36.
Fingleton, a former basketball player who stood at 7-feet-7, died Saturday in the United Kingdom after suffering heart failure, according to TMZ.
From what I hear, it isn't just tall men (and women?) who are prone to heart failure, so are short men. (Not sure just how short we're talking.)

I also remember Hank Gathers, 6' 7", the college basketball star at Loyola Marymount University (L.A.), who died on court in 1990, leaving a 7-year-old son.


Lenona.
Kenny McCormack
2017-02-27 07:47:07 UTC
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In article <15242172-5f76-44ad-ab72-***@googlegroups.com>,
That Derek <***@yahoo.com> wrote:
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Post by That Derek
He once explained what he believed to be the only downside of being so tall in a
comment posted to the Guinness website.
"This is the only bad thing about being tall — the stupid remarks and
questions," he said. "Other than that, being tall is great."
Well, that, and dying at age 36 of a heart attack.

(Yes, although the article doesn't connect the dots, it is very likely the
two are connected)
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RH Draney
2017-02-27 09:09:31 UTC
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He once explained what he believed to be the only downside of being so tall in a comment posted to the Guinness website.
"This is the only bad thing about being tall — the stupid remarks and questions," he said. "Other than that, being tall is great."
All the tall people I know, myself included, have chronic back trouble
from all that ducking to go under doors, branches, etc placed by 5'9"
dwarves for their own convenience...and do something about the mirrors
in public restrooms...I don't need a mirror to see my chest; I can look
down and see my chest...I need a mirror in which I can see my face and
hair....r

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