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Rocketta
Sep 3rd, 2012, 10:57 PM
This one has completely caught me off guard. :sobbing:


LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 (http://news.yahoo.com/actor-michael-clarke-duncan-dead-54-214440462.html#)" and such other box office hits as "Armageddon," ''Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda (http://news.yahoo.com/actor-michael-clarke-duncan-dead-54-214440462.html#)," is dead at age 54.


Clarke died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack, said his fiancée, reality TV personality Rev. 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.


"I cleared out my refrigerator, about $5,000 worth of meat," he said. "I'm a lot healthier than I was when I was eating meat."


Duncan had a handful of minor roles before "The Green Mile" brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. The 1999 film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer with a surprisingly gentle demeanor and extraordinary healing powers.


Duncan's performance caught on with critics and moviegoers and he quickly became a favorite in Hollywood, appearing in several films a year. He owed some of his good fortune to Bruce Willis, who recommended Duncan for "The Green Mile" after the two appeared together in "Armageddon." Clarke would work with Willis again in "Breakfast of Champions (http://news.yahoo.com/actor-michael-clarke-duncan-dead-54-214440462.html#)," ''The Whole Nine Yards" and "Sin City (http://news.yahoo.com/actor-michael-clarke-duncan-dead-54-214440462.html#)."


His industrial-sized build was suited for everything from superhero films ("Daredevil") to comedy ("Talledega Nights," ''School for Scoundrels"). His gravelly baritone alone was good enough for several animated movies, including, "Kung Fu Panda," ''Delgo" and "Brother Bear (http://news.yahoo.com/actor-michael-clarke-duncan-dead-54-214440462.html#)." Among Clarke's television credits: "The Apprentice," ''The Finder," ''Two and a Half Men" and "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."


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.


Early film and television credits, when he was usually cast as a bodyguard or bouncer, included "Bulworth (http://news.yahoo.com/actor-michael-clarke-duncan-dead-54-214440462.html#)," ''A Night at the Roxbury" and "The Players Club (http://news.yahoo.com/actor-michael-clarke-duncan-dead-54-214440462.html#)."


RIP Big GUY!!! :hatoff:


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pierce85
Sep 3rd, 2012, 11:04 PM
Horrible news... His role as the kind hearted giant in the Green Mile was one of the most memorable roles ever, he seemed like such a kind person and had a great smile

JN
Sep 3rd, 2012, 11:12 PM
Rest in peace, homie.

young_gunner913
Sep 3rd, 2012, 11:14 PM
RIP :sad:

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He was dating Omarosa?!?!?!?!! :vomits::tape::help:

Frode
Sep 3rd, 2012, 11:14 PM
R.I.P.

Aparantly he was every inch as nice as he was big:sad:

Imperfect Angel
Sep 3rd, 2012, 11:18 PM
:eek: RIP!

Cilla
Sep 3rd, 2012, 11:42 PM
So sad. RIP.

ico4498
Sep 4th, 2012, 01:13 AM
RIP. way too young!

Rocketta
Sep 4th, 2012, 01:16 AM
RIP :sad:

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He was dating Omarosa?!?!?!?!! :vomits::tape::help:

yeah apparently they hit it off immediately and got very close quickly... my sister said she found him and gave him CPR on July 13th until the medics got there. :sad:

It seemed like a true attraction when I saw them talking together. :sad:

miffedmax
Sep 4th, 2012, 02:33 AM
Too soon.

Valanga
Sep 4th, 2012, 02:44 AM
Omarosa? :tape:

RIP big man

McPie
Sep 4th, 2012, 03:31 AM
Oh hell no :sad:

darrinbaker00
Sep 4th, 2012, 03:44 AM
RIP :sad:

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He was dating Omarosa?!?!?!?!! :vomits::tape::help:

No, he was ENGAGED to Omarosa. In my opinion, that qualifies him for sainthood, even if he wasn't Catholic.

McPie
Sep 4th, 2012, 04:49 AM
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Thanos
Sep 4th, 2012, 05:36 AM
i was just thinking about him the other day.

RIP.

olivero
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:09 AM
:sad: way too soon, rest in peace

Sammo
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:37 AM
:sad: RIP

Super Dave
Sep 4th, 2012, 12:31 PM
Very sad; I guess he had just became a vegetarian 3 years ago. RIP.

I had just heard he was with Omarosa recently, and that was an even bigger shock. I wondered if there was possibly another Omarosa out there. :tape:

JN
Sep 4th, 2012, 02:45 PM
No, he was ENGAGED to Omarosa. In my opinion, that qualifies him for sainthood, even if he wasn't Catholic.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/30/Omarosa_Manigault-Stallworth.jpg/160px-Omarosa_Manigault-Stallworth.jpg

Is it too soon to want to motorboat those? :lick:

saul1333
Sep 4th, 2012, 02:51 PM
Loved this man and his acting. Very sad.

RIP

Ferg
Sep 5th, 2012, 03:08 PM
Very sad. Always loved seeing him pop up in movies, and was supposedly a really kind man too. Such a pity.

CrossCourt~Rally
Sep 5th, 2012, 06:03 PM
So very sad to see MCD pass away. He was an amazing and very unique actor. He seemed to have a great sense of humor and appeared very kind in his interviews... A true gentle giant with a big heart to match... RIP :hug:

gociku
Sep 5th, 2012, 06:18 PM
wow too young. RIP :sad:

pov
Sep 5th, 2012, 10:45 PM
I liked him in all the roles I've seen him in. Great presence. Respect.

young_gunner913
Sep 6th, 2012, 05:56 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/30/Omarosa_Manigault-Stallworth.jpg/160px-Omarosa_Manigault-Stallworth.jpg

Is it too soon to want to motorboat those? :lick:

Oh she got implants? Good for her. They look good. :yeah:

The last time I had seen her is when she was on that dreadful VH1 celeb reality show. The only thing that made it worth watching was Omarosa battling it out with Janice Dickinson. I remember that was the show that she either had a wardrobe malfunction or just pulled off her top but her titties looked like a 12 year old boy's chest. :spit:

saul1333
Sep 6th, 2012, 04:47 PM
Woman Claims to Be Michael Clarke Duncan’s Daughter

Marquea Ambrose, 32, of Chicago, said she hadn’t talked to her father in 11 years.

It was the day he died that she started calling his mother saying ‘I want what’s mine’ and trying to get money from her.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/09/woman-claims-to-be-michael-clarke-duncans-daughter/

Super Dave
Sep 6th, 2012, 04:52 PM
Woman Claims to Be Michael Clarke Duncan’s Daughter

Marquea Ambrose, 32, of Chicago, said she hadn’t talked to her father in 11 years.

It was the day he died that she started calling his mother saying ‘I want what’s mine’ and trying to get money from her.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/09/woman-claims-to-be-michael-clarke-duncans-daughter/

http://i.imgur.com/JX5vw.gif

saul1333
Sep 9th, 2012, 04:32 PM
:facepalm:

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Rocketta
Sep 9th, 2012, 05:02 PM
:facepalm:

http://media.2oceansvibe.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/seal.jpg

Yeah, I've heard about this and several other mistakes.. can u imagine if one of his kids saw this? :fiery:

They also put up Terry Crews picture I heard....

http://www.realsea.net/photo/Terry-Crews579.jpg

Drake1980
Sep 9th, 2012, 10:12 PM
:facepalm:

http://media.2oceansvibe.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/seal.jpg

No way! Are you kidding? This is serious? :o

Rocketta
Sep 11th, 2012, 02:25 AM
Duncan's life celebrated in images, song, speeches



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Hanks, Jay Leno, Holly Robinson Peete, Loretta Devine and Stevie Wonder were among those who helped celebrate the life of Michael Clarke Duncan during a nearly four-hour memorial service marked by heartfelt speeches, rousing gospel performances and photos of the always-smiling actor.
Hanks and Leno shared stories about "The Green Mile" star at Monday's service. Peete talked about meeting Duncan while he was still a celebrity bodyguard. Devine spoke of how the actor would do anything for a laugh.
Wonder appeared via video, solemnly playing piano and singing the opening verses of his life-affirming song "As" for the man he called "a gentle giant."

Duncan died Sept. 3 at 54, having never fully recovered from a heart attack in July. His physician, who revealed Duncan used a pacemaker, was among the speakers at the service at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Los Angeles.

Former reality TV star the Rev. Omarosa O. Manigault, who was Duncan's fiancée, also attended along with Duncan's mother, sister and nephews.

Backed by a gospel choir, singers Angie Stone, Kelly Price, Kenny Lattimore and Abraham McDonald lent their voices to the private funeral. State Assemblyman Mike Davis and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson also attended, with the council declaring Monday as "Michael Clarke Duncan Day."

Leno said he was touched by the actor's positivity and lack of cynicism.

"Just to see such a pure heart and pure kindness, and to see it taken so early," the comedian said, his voice cracking. "There are no sadder words than what might have been."

Leno said Duncan's sunny smile "grew another millimeter on each end" when he met Manigault. The two had planned to marry in December.

Frank Darabont, director of "The Green Mile," called Duncan "a fierce warrior" and "the gentlest of souls."
"No one had a more positive spirit than Michael Clarke Duncan," he said.

Darabont also read a letter from Stephen King, author of "The Green Mile."

"No one has ever done a character I wrote more justice," King wrote.

Hanks teased his late co-star about his penmanship, which he described as "loopy and huge."

"It looks like a 12-year-old girl who loves horses wrote it," Hanks said.

He went on to tell a story of a young Duncan on the South Side of Chicago who one day decided he would join a gang. When he came home and told his mother, she whacked him in the head with a frying pan — a sizzling pork chop still inside — and told him to extract himself from the gang immediately.

Hanks impersonated the 6-foot-5-inch, 300-pound, deep-voiced Duncan sheepishly explaining to his fellow gang members that his mom wouldn't let him be in a gang.

"If it wasn't for that mama and the frying pan with a pork chop, we would not be here today celebrating the life of Michael Clarke Duncan," Hanks said.

Other speakers included actors David Boreanaz and Geoff Stults, and "Bones" creator Hart Hanson.
The Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks delivered the eulogy, closing by saying to Manigault: "Don't fret, he's in heaven."
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