I have some incredibly sad news to report today, as actor Michael Clarke Duncan has passed away at the all too young age of 54.
The Oscar-nominee suffered a severe heart attack back on July 13th, in an instance that saw his own fiance (Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who you may remember from her time on The Apprentice) work to save his life by performing CPR on him until the ambulance arrived. Duncan's publicist released a statement on August 6th saying that the actor had been moved out of the intensive care unit, but was remaining at the hospital for further treatment. Duncan's death was officially confirmed by both his fiance and publicist earlier today, and he is said to have died suddenly in his hospital room this morning. Sadly, Duncan never fully recovered from the heart attack, and complications from that event are said to be the cause of death.
The 6'5'" Duncan was first exposed to the entertainment world while working as a bodyguard for stars such as Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and the Notorious B.I.G. After B.I.G.'s tragic death in 1997, Duncan got out of that business, and became an actor himself. His first notable film role was as Bear in the Michael Bay blockbuster Armageddon. While on set, Duncan struck up a friendship with star Bruce Willis, and Willis' recommendation led to Duncan's breakout role as wrongfully-convicted killer John Coffey in Frank Darabont's The Green Mile. He would receive an Oscar-nomination for his work in the film, but ended up losing out to Michael Caine.
Duncan has had an active career ever since, appearing in films as varied as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Whole Nine Yards, Planet Of The Apes, The Scorpion King, Daredevil, Sin City, The Island, Talladega Nights, and Kung Fu Panda.
Duncan most recently starred in FOX's The Finder, a short-lived spin-off of Bones. While the show didn't last long, Duncan's performance was praised. In addition to that series, Duncan has had memorable guest appearances on shows such as The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, The Wayans Bros., Sister Sister, King Of The Hill, MTV's 2003 Spider-Man cartoon, CSI: NY, Family Guy, and Two and a Half Men. He was also a recurring presence on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and accompanied Craig on his trip to Scotland a few months ago.
On behalf of TV Rage, I would like to offer my condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Michael Clarke Duncan. He left us all too soon.
Michael Clarke Duncan, 1957-2012