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Michael Clarke Duncan, best known for his role in “The Green Mile” died on Monday at the age of 54, according to his fiancee Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth.
Duncan “suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered,” said Joy Fehily, a representative of his family in a written statement.
Duncan died in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he had been for the last 7 weeks, following a heart attack.
Duncan was born in Chicago, Ill. on December 10, 1957. Coming from a single parent home, he dropped out of Alcorn State University to help out his family after his mother became ill. He became a ditch digger at The People’s Gas Company, as well as a bouncer.
Upon moving to California, he became a bodyguard for celebrities such as, Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J and Notorious B.I.G. After Notorious B.I.G. was killed in 1997, he quit the bodyguard business.
Duncan is best known for his breakout role of John Coffey, in The Green Mile. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and a Golden Glob nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
Celebrities took to Twitter upon hearing of Duncan’s death:
Robert Downey Jr wrote, “Amazing Actor with a Kind Heart! May you rest in peace.”
Ledsi said, “R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan what a beautiful spirit…sigh.”
Shelia E wrote, “Michael Clark Duncan dies, an amazing man. he will be missed.”
Steve Harvey wrote, ” I will miss my friend, Michael Clarke Duncan. What an incredible soldier in God’s Plan.”
Duncan is survived by his mother, sister and fiance, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth.