GAME OF THRONES episode 39 (season 4, episode 9): Neil Fingleton. photo: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBOBetween the death of Bill Paxton and all the drama at the 2017 Oscars, the loss of Britain's tallest man went almost unnoticed. Neil Fingleton, who played Mag the Mighty on "Game of Thrones," died Saturday at the way-too-young age of 36. According to The Guardian, he reportedly passed following heart failure.

Fingleton, who was 7-feet 7.56-inches tall, became Britain's tallest man in 2007. In addition to "Game of Thrones," he had roles in "X-Men: First Class," "Doctor Who," "47 Ronin," and "Jupiter Ascending," and was a stunt performer in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

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"Game of Thrones" fan site Watchers on the Wall honored Fingleton's contribution to the show in Season 4, Episode 9, titled "The Watchers on the Wall":

"Fingleton's time on Game of Thrones was brief but notable. The scene with Mag the Mighty attacking the Wall's gate, with Grenn leading the defense, was a favorite of fans. Among our readers here at Watchers on the Wall, the scene was chosen as one of the Top 5 Dramatic Scenes of season 4 in our annual awards voting. The episode's segment with Mag the Mighty, another giant and a mammoth attacking the outer door of the Wall was chosen by fans as the Best Visual Effects Scene of season 4. Fingleton's contribution to Game of Thrones will not be forgotten."

This passing closely follows the death of another "Game of Thrones" veteran: Actor Peter Vaughan (Maester Aemon), who died in December at age 93.

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