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Oscar-nominated actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died. He was 54.
The actor’s longtime manager, Dan Spilo at Industry Entertainment, has confirmed his passing to The Hollywood Reporter, calling it “a tragic loss for anyone who knew this wonderful man, for the business as a whole and for the planet.”
Spilo, who managed the Green Mile actor for more than a decade, added: “He was the only actor I ever knew that more often than not when fans came up to him, of any age or race or gender, they wouldn’t ask for an autograph, they’d want a hug. He had a heart as big as the world.”
Duncan was hospitalized July 13 for a myocardial infarction, which his rep said he never fully recovered from. Duncan’s fiance, Omarosa Manigault, was with him in the hospital shortly before his death.
“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,” the actor’s rep said in a statement.
Added Spilo, “God bless his fiancée, Omarosa, who fought for and with him everyday and never left his side.”
Duncan was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Green Mile, and also worked on films including Armageddon, Green Lantern and Kung Fu Panda. He most recently co-starred with Geoff Stults in Fox’s The Finder, a spinoff of Bones.
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