Michael Clarke Duncan Dies at 54, Celebrities Pay Tribute
Michael Clarke Duncan passed away roughly two months after suffering a heart attack. His fiancee Omarosa Stallworth announced via a representative that the "Green Mile" actor died at the age of 54 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday, September 3.
Duncan "suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered" from his July 13 heart attack. "Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date," the rep said.
Duncan starred in movies like "The Green Mile", "Daredevil, The Movie", "Sin City" and "The Whole Nine Yards". He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at Academy Awards and Golden Globes, thanks to his convincing performance in "The Green Miles".
He worked as a bodyguard and bouncer before pursuing acting career. He once worked for Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and Notorious B.I.G. He also played basketball and tried out for the Chicago Bears in the 1980s.
On the small screen, Duncan appeared in "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody", "Chuck" and "The Finder". His "Finder" co-star, Mercedes Masohn, sent condolence on Twitter, "Today is a sad day Michael Clark Duncan passed away this morning. Known for his moving performance in The Green Mile RIP MCD You'll b missed."
Tom Hanks who played with him in "The Green Miles" told ET, "I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike." He added, "He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of The Green Mile. He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned."
Other celebrities like Olivia Munn also mourned his death, "Michael Clarke Duncan always had a smile on his face & a big bear hug ready for you. My thoughts & prayers are with his family&friends. RIP." The Rock added, "When something happens, we always say it happens for a reason - Michael Clarke Duncan 12/10/57 - 9/3/12 I'll miss you my brother..."
Michael Strahan tweeted, "RIP to my friend Michael Clarke Duncan. A kind and gentle Giant. A friend that will be missed!! #prayers." Sarah Hyland posted, "Devastated by the passing of Michael Clarke Duncan. Such a loss of an amazing talent. Was a big fan of his :( RIP."
Musicians like Phillip Phillips also sent his prayers, "R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan...loved his acting. Prayers go out to the family and friends." Jordin Sparks added, "RIP Michael Clarke Duncan. Thank you for being so kind to me & for sharing your talent with the world. You will be truly missed."
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