Actor Michael Clarke Duncan dies at 54

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan, nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1999 drama “The Green Mile,” died in a hospital on Monday, at 54 years of age. Duncan had a heart attack on July 13 and never fully recovered. He worked as a bodyguard and bouncer and played a few roles of that kind in film and television, before landing a small part in the 1998 movie “Armageddon.” That led to a much larger role in the 1999 prison drama “The Green Mile” with Tom Hanks. He had roles in the 2002 film “The Scorpion King,” the 2003 comic book movie “Daredevil” and 2005 release “Sin City.” He also did voice work for the 2008 animated film “Kung Fu Panda.” He starred this year in several episodes of the Fox crime drama “The Finder.”

According to TMZ Michael Clarke Duncan was without oxygen during his heart attack which damaged his organs so badly he could never recover. On July 13 the actor went without oxygen for more than 5 minutes before Omarosa was able to re-start his heart with CPR. Sources told TMZ that Duncan's decline was slow but steady. First it was a kidney problem, then the pancreas, then extremely high blood pressure, and so on, until his body just shut down. It was especially hard on Michael's fiancee, Omarosa, according to TMZ, she is inconsolable.

Omarosa Manigault, 38, is best known for her appearances on NBC reality show “The Apprentice.” More recently, she studied Christian theology and became a minister. The public viewing of the “Green Mile” star’s casket will take place Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hall of Liberty, which is located at the Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries in Hollywood Hills. A private, invitation-only service will be held the following day.


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