Duncan’s publicist, Joy Fehily, released a statement from Clarke’s fiancée, reality star Omarosa Manigault, confirming that the 54-year-old actor died in an L.A.-area hospital, according to the Wrap. The “Green Mile” actor’s death came after nearly two months of treatment in the wake of his cardiac arrest earlier this summer.
News of Duncan’s death broke on Labor Day afternoon, and “RIP Michael Clarke Duncan” and “Green Mile” instantly became Twitter trending topics as numerous fans expressed their sadness upon learning the news.
The Chicago-born actor is perhaps best-known for his portrayal of gentle giant/ mystic healer John Coffey in 1999′s “The Green Mile,” a critically praised performance for which he received an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. After his breakout role, Duncan parlayed his popularity into a string of memorable roles in films like “Sin City,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Armageddon, “The Whole Nine Yards” and “Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”
When MTV News caught up with him a few years ago, the actor expressed interest in making “Sin City 2″ — if it ever got off the ground.
“I’d love to come back as Manute,” he said in 2009. Working with Robert Rodriquez was really cool. He’s the type of director that goes around playing his guitar all day, he doesn’t holler, he doesn’t fuss, he doesn’t fight. He’s a real mellow director.”
More recently, Duncan voiced the character of Kilowog in 2011′s “Green Lantern.”
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