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7-foot-7 ‘Game of Thrones’ giant Neil Fingleton dead at 36

Neil Fingleton, seen left playing Mag the Mighty on HBO's "Game of Thrones," has died at 36. Fingleton was 7-feet-7-inches tell. | HBO

LONDON — Neil Fingleton, a 7-foot 7-inch actor who played the giant Mag the Mighty on the HBO hit “Game of Thrones” has died at 36.

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

On “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.

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

Neil Fingleton, seen in this Nov. 4, 2013, photo, has died at 36. Geoff Caddick/PA via AP
Neil Fingleton, seen in this Nov. 4, 2013, photo, has died at 36. Geoff Caddick/PA via AP

Born in northeast England in 1980, Fingleton told the Guinness records website in 2006, “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.

Beside “Game of Thrones,” he appeared in films including “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “47 Ronin and “X-Men: First Class” and in TV shows including “Doctor Who.”

Ian Whyte, who played another giant on “Game of Thrones,” offered his condolences on Twitter, saying: “Very sad to hear of the tragic passing of Neil Fingleton. He followed his dreams.”

Neil Fingleton scores on a slam dunk during the McDonald’s High School All-American game at the Fleet Center in Boston. | Getty Images file photo
Neil Fingleton scores on a slam dunk during the McDonald’s High School All-American game at the Fleet Center in Boston. | Getty Images file photo