Michael Clarke Duncan Dies at 54: The actor famous for starring in the legendary film ‘The Green Mile’ died on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest. Michael Clark Duncan was being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after he suffered a heart attack. He died at the hospital during the treatment. He was 54.
His fiancée Reverend Omarosa Manigault released the statement via publicist Joy Fehily. The statement further said that Duncan had suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13, and was under treatment ever since. His fiancée said via the publicist that she is grateful for the support and prayers, but she would like some privacy at this time.
Earlier this year Michael Clarke had become a vegetarian and joined PETA’s campaign for animal rights. He spoke in the campaign video that he felt so much better clearing his refrigerator of all the meat. He also added that he felt a lot healthier since he quit meat.
Michael Clarke Duncan is best known for his Academy Award nominated role in the 1999 film The Green Mile. Clarke played a supporting role in the film along with actor Tom Hanks. The film was based on the Stephen King novel; Duncan played the role of an unusual convicted murderer named John Coffey.
Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. He and his sister Judy were raised by their single mother Jean Duncan, who was a house cleaner. Michael always longed to be an actor but was financially unstable and had to drop out of university to support his family. Standing tall and strong 6 feet 5 inches, Duncan worked as a bouncer at various Chicago clubs before his acting break.
He was part of popular films like ‘The Whole Nine Yards’, ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘The Scorpion King’. Twitter started to trend after news of Michael Clarke’s death was broadcasted; fans and fellow media personalities paid their respects.