7-foot-7 'Game of Thrones' actor Neil Fingleton dies at 36

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7-foot-7 'Game of Thrones' actor Neil Fingleton dies at 36

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Al Jarreau, 1940-2017: Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a 50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, just days after announcing his retirement from touring because of exhaustion.

Al Jarreau, 1940-2017: Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a 50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, just days after

Richard Hatch, 1945-2017: Actor Richard Hatch, best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original "Battlestar Galactica" film and TV series, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Los Angeles after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71. he also appeared in such series as "The Streets of San Francisco," "Dynasty," "The Love Boat" and "Santa Barbara." He also appeared in the rebooted "Battlestar Galactica" TV series from 2004 to 2009.

Richard Hatch, 1945-2017: Actor Richard Hatch, best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original "Battlestar Galactica" film and TV series, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Los Angeles

LONDON (AP) — Neil Fingleton, a 7-foot 7-inch actor who played the giant Mag the Mighty in "Game of Thrones" has died at 36.

The Tall Persons Club says Fingleton, who was Britain's tallest man, died Saturday. British media reported the cause as heart failure.

Fingleton was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the U.K.'s tallest man.

Born in northeast England in 1980, Fingleton told the Guinness records website in 2006 that "I have always been taller than everyone since I can remember."

His height made him a basketball natural, and Fingleton played college basketball in the United States for the University of North Carolina and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He went on to a short professional basketball career in the U.S. and Europe before turning to acting.

He appeared in films including "417 Ronin and "X-Men: First Class" and in TV shows including "Doctor Who" and the hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones."

In the "Games of Thrones" the fearsome Mag was a giant on the northern side of the great ice wall that was guarded by Lord Commander Jon Snow and the black-clad men of the Night's Watch.

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