Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose
dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row
inmate in “The Green Mile” and such other box office hits as
“Armageddon,” ”Planet of the Apes” and “Kung Fu Panda,” is dead at age
54. Clarke died Monday morning (yesterday) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los
Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack, said his
fiancée, Reverend Omarosa Manigault, in a statement released by
publicist Joy Fehily.
The muscular, 6-foot-4 Duncan, a former bodyguard who turned to acting
in his 30s, “suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully
recovered,” the statement said. “Manigault 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.” In the spring of 2012, Clarke had appeared in a video for PETA, the
animal rights organization, in which he spoke of how much better he felt
since becoming a vegetarian three years earlier.