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'Green Mile' actor Michael Clarke Duncan dies at 54

September 3, 2012 - Los Angeles

'Green Mile' actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died Monday morning in a Los Angeles hospital. He was admitted to the hospital on July 13 following a heart attack.

His fiancee Omarosa Manigault informed about his death in a statement via Duncan's publicist Joy Fehily. The exact cause of death is not yet known. According to the statement, Duncan suffered a heart attack on July 13 and has never fully recovered.

Michael Clarke Duncan has appeared in several hit Hollywood films including Green Mile, Armageddon, Planet of the Apes and Kung Fu Panda. He did some minor roles before his performance in Green Mile gained him worldwide recognition in 1999 and fetched him an Academy Award nomination. Duncan played the role of John Coffey, a convicted murdered in the movie.

Immediately after the news broke out, the Hollywood and sports world have paid tributes to Michael Duncan. Here are few of the reactions to the actor's death.


  • "I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike. 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." - Hollywood actor Tom Hanks.
  • "@OfficialMCD I cant believe you are gone my friend. I will miss our Lakers vs Mavs bets and texts . You will not be forgotten. RIP" - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
  • "Michael Clarke Duncan passes at 54. A striking screen presence." - Film critic Roger Ebert
  • "'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.." - Dwayne Johnson
  • "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" - Actress Olivia Munn
  • "Just heard the news that @officialmcd passed away. My prayers go out to his family and @Omarosa during this very sad time." - Former boxing champion Lennox Lewis
  • "RIP- Michael Clarke Duncan.. A really GOOD Brother, I'll miss U Bruh." - Former NBA player and TV host John Salley
  • "Ahhh... #michaelclarkeDuncan I loved you! Green Mile was epic. RIP #gentlegiant" - Singer and actress Katharine McPhee
  • "Just heard about Michael Clarke Duncan. It was an honor 2 have worked with U sir. Ur smile & laugh were infectious & touched many souls. RIP" - Peter Facinelli

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