Michael Clarke Duncan’s fiancée, Rev. Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, says the Oscar nominee for “The Green Mile” has died while being hospitalized following a July heart attack, according to Associated Press reports.
According to our sources, his passing came very suddenly. We’re told his fiancée, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, was with him in his hospital room in Los Angeles and left for a short period of time. When she returned, he had died.
The 54-year-old actor was rushed to the hospital last month after going into cardiac arrest. He was saved by Manigault-Stallworth, a former Apprentice contestant, who performed CPR after discovering him in their home. Duncan was reported to be in stable condition after the incident.
Duncan’s rep tells TMZ the actor never fully recovered from the myocardial infarction he suffered on July 13
The 6-foot-5, 300 pound Duncan appeared in dozens of films, including such box office hits as “Armageddon,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Kung Fu Panda,”
Duncan had a handful of minor roles before “The Green Mile” brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. The 1999 film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer.
He worked as a bodyguard for celebrities like Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and Notorious B.I.G. before he got his break.
Duncan most recently appeared on the television series “The Finder.”
“[Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth] 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,” his rep told TMZ.
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