Game of Thrones actor, Neil Fingleton, is dead

“ Game of Thrones ” actor Neil Fingleton , who was named Britain ’ s tallest man , has died of suspected heart failure at 36 , according to the London based Tall Persons Club.
Standing at 232 . 5 centimetres ( seven feet and six inches ), he was best known for his role of Mag The Mighty in an episode of the hit American television show .
“ Sadly it has come to our attention that Neil Fingleton, Britain ’ s Tallest man , passed away on Saturday, ” a statement posted on the Tall Persons Club Facebook page read .
“ Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family , ” it also said .
Born in 1980 in Durham, northern England , Fingleton started his career as a professional basketball player for teams in the United States and Spain , after being awarded a scholarship at the University of North Carolina .
But an injury forced him into early retirement in 2007 .
He then started an acting career, appearing in feature films including “ XMen : First Class” and “ Jupiter Ascending, ” and in television on Doctor Who . In 2014 , he joined the cast of “ Game of Thrones ” .
Tributes poured in on social media .
“ Game of Thrones ” actor Ian Whyte took to Twitter writing : “Very sad to hear of the tragic passing of Neil Fingleton . He followed his dreams . Rest in peace ” .
Gary Windle , a fan of the show, tweeted a picture of himself with the actor , adding : “ Rip to the giant that is Neil Fingleton , Mag the Mighty , Game of Thrones , rest in peace mate, gutted” .
In a 2006 interview to the Guinness Book of Records , Fingleton explained that he was seven feet tall by the time he was 11 and that he stopped growing at 18 .
“ I have never been self – conscious about my height, ” he said at the time.
“ I never let my height play a negative part in my life… This is the only bad thing about being tall the stupid remarks and questions . Other than that , being tall is great. ”Neil-Fingleton