Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54

Green Mile star had never fully recovered from a heart attack he suffered in July
Tuesday , 04 September 2012
RIP Michael Clarke Duncan
RIP Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan with fiancée Omarosa Manigault
Michael Clarke Duncan with fiancée Omarosa Manigault

Michael Clarke Duncan, the larger-than-life former bodyguard who hit the big time with The Green Mile passed away on Monday morning (3 September).

The actor's rep told TMZ that Michael never fully recovered from a heart attack he suffered at home in July this year.

His fiancée, reality TV star Omarosa Manigault, was with him in hospital when he passed away.

His rep said, "She 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 hulking star had become a vegetarian in recent years
in an effort to stay fit and healthy, but Omaraosa had to resuscitate him
via CPR after finding him in a state of cardiac arrest at his LA home in the
early hours of 13 July.

He was taken to a
nearby hospital and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. He has been under
doctors' care ever since.

Born in Chicago,
Illinois, Michael moved to Hollywood chasing an acting dream and became a
bodyguard to stars like Will Smith, Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx. He quit as
a minder after a friend was with rap star The Notorious B.I.G. the night he was
shot and killed in 1997.

He landed his big acting break in 1998 among the stars of Armageddon. A year later
he wowed the critics as convict John Coffey in The Green Mile. He also appeared
in Daredevil, The Scorpion King and comedy The Whole Nine Yards.