'I am devastated. He was the love of my life': Michael Clarke Duncan's fiance Omarosa Manigault speaks of beloved Green Mile star
Actor had been hospitalised since heart attack on July 13Rose to fame in 1999 after an Oscar nomination for his efforts in The Green MileDeath came 'very suddenly', with
Omarosa present in the hospital room before momentarily leaving for a
short period of time and when she returned he had died
14:54 GMT, 4 September 2012
The fiance of Michael Clarke Duncan has spoken of her grief for the beloved Green Mile star.
As Omarosa Manigault revealed her devastation, she referred to the late star as the 'love of my life'.
She told Radar: 'I am devastated. He was the love of my life.'
A statement accompanied it, released by publicist Joy Fehil, saying: '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.'
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Tragedy: Michael Clarke Duncan, pictured with fiance Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth in February at a Grammys party, has died aged 54, two months after suffering a severe heart attack
Hollywood success: Michael was nominated for an Oscar following his performance in 1999's The Green Mile
Yesterday it was revealed that Michael, the Oscar-nominated star of The Green Mile, had sadly died after nearly two months of treatment following a heart attack in July.
Joy Fehily released a statement on behalf of Omarosa, saying the 54-year-old actor died on Monday
morning in a Los Angeles hospital.
the sad news was delivered, it also referred to Omarosa for the first
time as his fiance, saying: 'The Oscar-nominated actor suffered a
myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered.'
Michael's death came 'very suddenly', with TMZ reporting that Omarosa was present in the hospital room before momentarily leaving for a short period of time and when she returned he had died.
Her mother is believed to have been present when he passed.
RIP: Michael was in high spirits during an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in February
Big break: Michael was cast in Armageddon alongside Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis
Meanwhile, Michael's Green Mile co-star Tom Hanks also released a heartfelt message, referring to the actor as 'Big Mike'.
He said: 'I am terribly saddened at
the loss of Big Mike. He was the treasure we all discovered on The Green Mile. He was magic. He was a big love of man and his
passing leaves us stunned.'
And the director of the movie, Frank Darabont, was 'devastated', saying: '[He was] one of the finest people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with or know. Michael was the gentlest of souls – an exemplar of decency, integrity and kindness. The sadness I feel is inexpressible.'
Full of smiles: The couple couldn't hide their love for one another, pictured together at Perez Hilton's Mad Hatter Tea Party Birthday in March of this year, and at The Green Hornet premiere in January 2011
The 6ft 5in, 300 pound star appeared in
dozens of films, including box office hits Armageddon, Planet Of The
Apes and Kung Fu Panda.
Duncan had a handful of minor roles
before The Green Mile brought him an Academy Award nomination for Best
Supporting Actor in 1999, but unfortunately he lost out to Michael
Caine after the British legend won his second Oscar to The Cider House Rules.
The film, based on the Stephen King
novel of the same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a
penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted
The role saw him become a global star, with Duncan winning the best supporting actor category for the Black Reel Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and Saturn Award ceremonies.
Outpouring of grief: Everyone from Olivia Munn to Evander Holyfield paid tribute to the actor
Twitter tributes continued to flood in with the likes of Twilight stars
Taylor Lautner and Peter Facinelli, and Jersey Shore star Snooki paying
was also nominated a further nine times, along with his Oscar nod,
receiving recognition at the Golden Globes, MTV Movie Awards and Screen
Actors Guild Awards.
As news of the tragic actor was revealed, celebrity tributes poured in via Twitter, with former NBA star Kenny Smith stating he was due to visit Duncan this week.
The retired professional basketball
player wrote: 'Don't put off tommor (sic) what you can do today!! RIP
Michael Clarke Duncan!! I was suppose to go to hospital tommorow!
Blessing to him and fam!!'
Dwayne Johnson, otherwise known as The Rock, also reached out having starred alongside Duncan in 2005's The Scorpion King.
Friends in high places: Michael posing with Scarlett Johansson at The Island premiere in New York back in 2005, and with Bruce Willis at The Whole Nine Yards premiere in Los Angeles, over a decade ago in 2000
Winning streak: Duncan shows off two awards for The Green Mile at the 27th People's Choice Awards in 2001
He wrote: 'When something happens, we
always say it happens for a reason ~ Michael Clarke Duncan 12/10/57 –
9/3/12 I'll miss you my brother.'
1995: Uncredited role in Friday
1998: Big Break as Bear in Armageddon
1999: Found global fame in Oscar-nominated role in The Green Mile, playing John Coffey
2000: Reunited with Armageddon co-star Bruce Willis for The Whole Nine Yards
2001: Starred in Tim Burton's blockbuster remake of Planet Of The Apes, playing Attar
2002: Took on the role of Balthazar in The Scorpion King alongside wrestler The Rock
2005: Cast as Manute in A-list piece Sin City
2008: Loaned his vocals to Commander Vachir the Javan Rhino for Kung Fu Panda
2011: Starred as Kilowog in The Green Lantern, opposite leading man Ryan Reynolds
2012: Played Leo Knox in TV flop The Finder
2012: Cast in his final role before his death From The Rough, based on the true story of a former swimming coach who became the first woman ever to coach college men’s golf team
Jordin Sparks continued the
dedications, writing: 'RIP Michael Clarke Duncan. Thank you for being so
kind to me & for sharing your talent with the world. You will be
Extra host Mario Lopez referred to
Duncan as a 'class act', saying: 'R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan… One of
the nicest & most professional guys I've had the pleasure of
knowing. So sad.'
American Pie actress Shannon
Elizabeth wrote: 'RIP Michael Clarke Duncan-so very sad-my prayers are
with his family & friends. :('
While Evander Holyfield said: 'My prayers go out to @OfficialMCD @omarosa and his family.'
Before finding fame in Tinseltown, Chicago native Michael worked as a labourer, digging ditches for a gas company.
He then headed to the bright lights of Hollywood, in touching distance of
the limelight but still behind the scenes as he found work as a
bodyguard for stars including Jamie Foxx and Will Smith.
When one of his clients, the Notorious B.I.G. was killed in 1997, Michael left the security business.
But luck was on his side, and the following year, he landed a role in Armageddon, before going on to star in a string of hits.
He continued his success for over a decade, working right up until his death.
Personal side: The intimate snaps feature on Omarosa's Twitter page
His final role is
yet-to-be released From The Rough, a sports drama based on the true
story of Catana Starks, a former swimming coach (played by Taraji P.
Henson) who became the first woman ever to coach a college men’s golf team.
Duncan was not averse to the occasional flop however, with his TV show The Finder bombing after just one season earlier this year. The Fox series was a spin-off of Bones, but failed to wow.
In July, Michael suffered a
heart attack and remained in intensive care for several weeks after.
At the time, his
representative Joy said in a statement: 'His family are firm believers
in the power of prayer and have asked that you keep him in yours during this time.'
Rising star: Michael's notoriety continued to soar with 2003's Daredevil with Colin Farrell
Spoof: Michael starred in 2004's D.E.B.S. – a parody of the Charlie's Angels format
broke the story that Michael's 38-year-old girlfriend performed 'heroic
CPR and re-started' the actor's heart at his LA home before he was
rushed to the hospital.
'Everyday GOD continues to smile upon my luv Michael Clarke Duncan on this arduous road to recovery,' Omarosa tweeted last month to her 30,000 followers.
'God is with us every step of the way!!'
Action man: Michael pictured with Rosario Dawson in Robert Rodriguez film Sin City
Memorable role: Michael received three awards and nine nominations for his role in The Green Mile
pair were together for two years and the former Apprentice contestant
had been referring to the large star as 'my hubby' and 'my love' as she
tended to his bedside.
According to TMZ, 'an army of people'
were caring for Duncan, who was 'breathing above the respirator' and
had a 'very strong heartbeat' after initial tests were performed on him.
Kent Moran, who directed Duncan in The Challenger, told MailOnline the actor recently wrapped on the action drama, in which he plays a trainer helping to revive the career of boxer Jaden Miller.
Green is mean: Michael played Kilowog in The Green Lantern, alongside Ryan Reynolds
Moran, who also stars as Miller in the film, described Duncan as 'very healthy' on set and said he coped well with the physicality of the role, adding that news of the actor falling ill was 'unexpected.'
He added: 'We were very surprised and saddened to hear the news. Our film is now in post production and we have finished filming Michael's scenes.
'So at this point, we are really just praying for him and wishing him a speedy recovery.'
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Icon: Michael at a Grammys party in January 2010, and posing at a FOX event last August
Battle of the bodies: The Rock and Michael co-starred in 2002's The Scorpion King
MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN: 10.12.1957 – 03.09.2012
Born in Chicago, Illinois on December 10, 1957Lived in a single-parent household with sister JudyMoved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, and found work as a bodyguard to the starsIn 1995, landed an uncredited role in 1995 comedy hit Friday
Quit bodyguard work in 1997 following the death of client Notorious B.I.GThe following year, landed his big break as Bear in Armagedon
Became a household name in 1999 for his Oscar-nominated role in The Green MileWon Best Supporting Actor for the Black Reel Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and Saturn Award, following his efforts in the Tom Hanks blockbusterNominated for a further nine times for his role as John CoffeyStarred in blockbusters Planet Of The Apes, The Scoprion King and The Green LanternSuffered a heart attack on July 13, 2012 – given CPR by fiance Omarosa ManigaultDespite treatment, Michael Clarke Duncan sadly died on September 3, aged 54