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Michael Clarke Duncan
Originally posted 09/11/2012 10:05AM
Michael Clarke Duncan, the Oscar-nominated star of The Green Mile, was most commonly described as having a "big heart" during his memorial service at Forest Lawn in Los Angeles on Monday.
Bones and The Finder creator Hart Hanson spoke of fans asking for hugs, not autographs, from the 6-ft., 5-in., 300-lb. actor.
But Jay Leno was one of the first to get choked up while speaking of Duncan.
Originally posted 09/05/2012 06:05PM
As Michael Clarke Duncan lay in the hospital after a heart attack, those closest to him found reason to cling to the belief that he would survive.
None more so than his fiancé, Omarosa Manigault, who kept vigil for more than a month.
"He fought, he fought really, really hard," their friend Holly Robinson Peete tells Access Hollywood.. "I saw him open his eyes ... There were moments of hope. There was a lot of hope and [Manigault] was not giving up on him."
Originally posted 09/04/2012 12:50PM
Michael Clarke Duncan never quite recovered from his July 13 heart attack – but he had his fiancée, Omarosa Manigault, by his side the whole time.
The former Apprentice contestant spent the last 50 days keeping vigil at his hospital bedside, a source tells PEOPLE. "She was literally there every second," the source says.
Adds the source: "She is a strong woman who is full of faith, but right now she is heartbroken."
According to the source, Duncan, who died at age 54 on Monday in Los Angeles, was already suffering major brain damage. The source also adds that doctors believe a second major cardiac episode is what killed him, but notes that his family had no intention of taking him off life support.
Originally posted 09/03/2012 06:10PM
Michael Clarke Duncan, the Oscar-nominated star of The Green Mile, died Monday in a Los Angeles hospital after two months of treatment for a heart attack. He was 54.
The imposing 6-ft., 5-in., 300-lb. actor with a warm smile and gentle demeanor "never fully recovered" from the July 13 heart attack, according to a statement issued on behalf of his fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, the former star of The Apprentice.
"Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time," says the statement. "Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."
Originally posted 08/06/2012 04:30PM
Nearly a month after suffering a heart attack, Michael Clarke Duncan has just left intensive care but remains in the hospital.
"His family are firm believers in the power of prayer and have asked that you keep him in yours during this time," his rep says in a statement.
The actor, 54, best known for playing John Coffey in the 1999 Tom Hanks hit The Green Mile, suffered the myocardial infarction on July 13.
He reportedly was found by his girlfriend, The Apprentice contestant Omarosa Stallworth, 38, who performed CPR and revived him.
Originally posted 07/13/2012 02:25PM
Michael Clarke Duncan had a health scare on Friday morning.
The actor, 54, best known for playing John Coffey in the 1999 Tom Hanks hit The Green Mile, was rushed to the hospital for a heart attack, his spokesperson confirms to PEOPLE.
"According to doctors, Duncan suffered a myocardial infarction," his rep says. "He is now stable and we look forward to his full recovery."
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