The Associated Press and several news outlets have reported the death of actor Michael Clarke Duncan.
Earlier, we reported that he had suffered from a heart attack, was helped by his his fiancée, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who potentially saved his life by performing CPR on him, and then hospitalized.
Even after the actor had been moved from the hospital’s intensive care unit, he remained hospitalized and under the care/watch of doctors.
Publicist Joy Fehily, released a statement from Omarosa, stating that the actor died this morning in a Los Angeles hospital after nearly two months of treatment following the July 13 heart attack.
According to New York Daily News, “born in Chicago in 1957, Duncan was raised by a single mother whose resistance to his playing football led to his deciding he wanted to become an actor. But when his mother became ill, he dropped out of college, Alcorn State University, and worked as a ditch digger and bouncer to support her. By his mid-20s, he was in Los Angeles, where he looked for acting parts and became a bodyguard for Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and other stars. The murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G., for whom Duncan had been hired to protect before switching assignments, led him to quit his job and pursue acting full-time.”
Michael Clarke Duncan was a reportedly 6-foot-5, 300 pound actor, with quite the film repertoire. He was known for his role in a plethora of films, including box office hits such as ‘Green Mile,’ ‘Armageddon,”Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda.’