Very tragic news. Actor Michael Clarke Duncan died this morning in Los Angeles, reports the Associated Press. The wire service has attributed the report to reality star Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who was the late actor's fiancée. Duncan was only 54-years-old.
The Chicago-born, actor was best known for his breakout role in The Green Mile. Duncan portrayed John Coffey, the gentle giant with supernatural powers who was wrongly condemned to death row. Duncan's critically acclaimed role earned Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
The 6ft 5in, 300 pound star would eventually appear in dozens of films, including The Whole Nine Yards, Planet of the Apes, The Island and The Scorpion King, where he starred alongside his friend actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Duncan recently suffered a heart attack on July 13. Manigault-Stallworth reportedly saved his life at the time by performing CPR. Duncan reportedly was moved from intensive care in August but remained hospitalized, suggesting that the actor was having a difficult recovery. "Everyday GOD continues to smile upon my luv Michael Clarke Duncan on this arduous road to recovery," his girlfriend tweeted last month.
On a personal note, I've had the good fortune to personally meet Michael Clarke Duncan on two separate occasions. He was warm, engaging and exuded confidence and humor. Such a loss.
Take a virtual walk down memory lane and watch several video clips from Michael Clarke Duncan's career AFTER THE JUMP ...