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Britain’s tallest man and Game Of Thrones star Neil Fingleton dies at 36

We’ve lost a star too soon!

Game Of Thrones star and Britain’s tallest man Neil Fingleton has died at the age of 36. The 7’7″ star played Mag The Mighty in the fantasy series and also took on roles in X-Men: First Class, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jupiter Ascending and on Doctor Who.

According to reports, he passed away following heart failure on Saturday.

Neil Fingleton, who appeared in Game Of Thrones and X-Men: First Class, has died of heart failure
Neil Fingleton, who appeared in Game Of Thrones and X-Men: First Class, has died of heart failure CREDIT: GEOFF CADDICK/PA ARCHIVE

Born in Durham, Fingleton was awarded a basketball scholarship in the US, he played in a number of teams in the US and in Spain before returning to the UK to focus on his acting career.

In an interview with the Guinness World Records in 2006- “I have always been taller than everyone since I can remember,” he said. “My height really took off when I reached 11 and was touching 7ft. “By the time I was 16, I was 7ft 5in and stopped growing at 18.”

Tall Persons Club group Facebook page posted a statement on Sunday: “Sadly it has come to our attention that Neil Fingleton Britain’s Tallest man passed away on Saturday. “Neil became Britain’s Tallest man in 2007 passing the height of Chris Greener. “Neil started off in basketball in the USA before becoming a actor and starring in the X-men first class and also recently in the Game of Thrones. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”

Fans and other celebs also took to twitter to share their support. One fan tweeted in tribute, “R.I.P Neil Fingleton you will be sadly missed. Your watch has now ended my friend.”

Rip to the giant that is Neil fingleton mag the mighty game of thrones rest in peace mate gutted 😥😥😥🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 Gary Windle tweeted

Game of Thrones co-star Ian Whyte tweeted, “Very sad to hear of the tragic passing of Neil Fingleton. He followed his dreams. Rest in peace.”

Our thoughts are with his family!

RIP Neil Fingleton.

 

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