This news came as a shocker to ‘Game of Thrones’ fans across the globe as ‘Mag the Mighty’ character is no more with us. Sadly, one of the favorite fan actor Neil Fingleton dies of heart failure on Saturday.
Neil Fingleton was named as Britain’s tallest man with the height of 7ft 7in and also played the character of Mag the Mighty in the fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’ as well as took on roles in movies like X-Men: First Class and Jupiter Ascending.
Caption: Tall Person Club’s Facebook page announcing the death of actor Neil Fingleton on Sunday due to heart failure.
According to several reports, he died following heart failure on Saturday. A statement was posted on the Tall Persons Club group on the Facebook page on Sunday read:
“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 an 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.”
Mr. Fingleton was born in Durham, England and was awarded a basketball scholarship in the United States. He started playing on some teams before returning to the United Kingdom to focus on his career.
In an interview in 2006 with the Guinness World Records, 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 when I was 7ft 7.56in.
Moreover, he added:
"I have never been self-conscious about my height. I am more conscious of going bald so that should tell you. I never let my height play a negative part in my life. I always do what I want, some tall people may be restricted as they are constantly stared at or people ask the same questions over and over. This is the only bad thing about being tall – the stupid remarks and questions. Other than that, being tall is great."
Tributes have started to pour in social media:
Before joining the television and film industry, Fingleton started as a professional basketball player and was drafted in NBA and also played for the University of North Carolina.#English actor #professional basketball player