MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN . . . the 6-foot-5, 300-pound actor who was nominated for an Oscar for "The Green Mile" . . . died yesterday morning at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 54 years old. Duncan suffered a heart attack almost two months ago, on July 13th, and had been in the hospital ever since.
Duncan was in bed asleep at the time of the attack. His girlfriend, "Apprentice" star OMAROSA MANIGAULT, was able to revive him with CPR. But he never really recovered. A rep said, quote, "Omarosa 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." Omarosa herself told RadarOnline.com, quote, "I am devastated. He was the love of my life."
Duncan started out as a bodyguard for stars like WILL SMITH and JAMIE FOXX, among others. He was actually supposed to be guarding the NOTORIOUS B.I.G. on the night that Biggie was murdered. That's when he decided to pursue acting full time. "The Green Mile" was his big break. His other credits included "Armageddon", "The Whole Nine Yards", "Daredevil", "Sin City" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"