Michael Clarke Duncan’s Death: Hollywood Remembers the Fallen ‘Green Mile’ Actor
After suffering a massive heart attack almost two months ago, the Oscar-nominated actor passed away Monday at the age of 54. Duncan, who was engaged to Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, was best known for his role as the gentle giant on death row in the 1999 film The Green Mile. But the actor also starred in a range of films, from Armageddon to Talladega Nights and The Whole Nine Yards.
In a statement Monday, Duncan’s Green Mile costar, Tom Hanks, remembered his fallen friend. “I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike,” he said. “He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of The Green Mile. He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned.”
And the acclaimed film’s director, Frank Darabont, also shared his sentiments on the actor who stole his heart. “I’m devastated at the loss of Michael Clarke Duncan, one of the finest people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with or know,” he said. “Michael was the gentlest of souls – an exemplar of decency, integrity, and kindness. The sadness I feel is inexpressible.”
Now Tinseltown has taken to Twitter to pay tribute the late star.
Here is what some celebrities have said of Duncan’s passing:
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: When something happens, we always say it happens for a reason’ (tilde) Michael Clarke Duncan 12/10/57 – 9/3/12 I’ll miss you my brother.
Mark Cuban: I cant believe you are gone my friend. I will miss our Lakers vs Mavs bets and texts . You will not be forgotten. RIP
Danica Patrick: I met Michael years ago and he was such a nice guy. Very sad”
Olivia Munn: Michael Clarke Duncan always had a smile on his face & a big bear hug ready for you. My thoughts & prayers are with his family&friends. RIP
Steve Harvey: I will miss my friend, Michael Clarke Duncan. What an incredible soldier in God’s Plan.
Alexa Vega: I am so shocked and heart broken to hear about Michael Clarke Duncan’s passing. What a man of quality. Both in his life and his work.
John Salley: RIP- Michael Clarke Duncan.. A really GOOD Brother, I’ll miss U Bruh.
Katharine McPhee: Ahhh… #michaelclarkeDuncan I loved you! Green Mile was epic. RIP #gentlegiant
Elijah Wood: R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan. Legend.
Sam Claflin: R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan. You will be sorely missed – A true legend.
Wiz Khalifa: R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan (Retweet For Respect)
Seth Green: Will miss you @OfficialMCD Thanks for being so kind & awesome.
Frankie Muniz: So sad to hear about Michael Clarke Duncan. A great friend, and a GREAT guy! He always had the best stories… RIP
Shannon Elizabeth: RIP Michael Clarke Duncan-so very sad-my prayers are with his family & friends. :(‘
Sarah Hyland: Devastated by the passing of Michael Clarke Duncan. Such a loss of an amazing talent. Was a big fan of his :( RIP
Jordin Sparks: RIP Michael Clarke Duncan. Thank you for being so kind to me & for sharing your talent with the world. You will be truly missed.
Rosario Dawson: oh no! Michael Clark Duncan was such a lovely sweetheart! Too young!
Octavia Spencer: RIP Michael Clarke Duncan!
Sherri Shepherd: My heart and prayers go out to you @Omarosa … I remember you telling me how happy you & Michael Clarke Duncan were – so sorry
Phillip Phillips: R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan…..loved his acting. Prayers go out to the family and friends
Kaley Cuoco: Wow my thoughts prayers and complete love go to the family of Michael Clark Duncan.. Great actor. So sad…
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