Michael Clarke Duncan Dies at 54
has shocked Hollywood and this time it was Michael Clarke Duncan, who has passed at the age of 54. He was hospitalized on July 13 with a heart attack and remained in intensive care for three weeks, apparently never returning home after that. According to his manager, Duncan never fully recovered and died from myocardial infarction.
Born in Chicago, Duncan was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category for his work in 1999's The Green Mile that starred Tom Hanks. Since then, his career has been a constant string of interesting roles. His film credits include the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, 2004's George and the Dragon that starred Patrick Swayze, and the voice of Stinktooth in Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone.
On television, Duncan starred in 2012's The Finder and made guest appearances on shows such as Bones, Two and a Half Men, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and CSI: New York.
His final roles include a not yet released movie called In the Hive and The Challenger that is in post-production.
Many Hollywood notables have already left their condolences, via twitter. Terry Crews, who recently appeared on Stars Earn Stripes, wrote, "Rest in Peace to my brother who paved the way for me and many Black actors, Michael Clarke Duncan. Honored to have known him and called him a friend to me and my family." Dule Hill tweeted, "Life is so precious. A talented brother and a kind spirit. RIP Michael Clarke Duncan."
Clarke was engaged to be married at the time of his passing.