Some sad news came through last night about the passing of actor Michael Clarke Duncan. He had previously suffered a heart attack in July, from which he never fully recovered, and died after going into cardiac arrest yesterday at age 54.
Best know for his fantastic Oscar-nominated role as death-row inmate John Coffey, in Frank Darabont’s ‘The Green Mile’, he also had an extensive back catalogue of work. This included the films Armageddon, Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King, Brother Bear, Daredevil & Green Lantern, and most recently he was seen on the small screen in Bones spin-off The Finder as Leo Knox.
Tributes from various actor colleagues have been appearing on twitter and in the press. The Green Mile star Tom Hanks said “…he was magic. He was a big love of man, and his passing leaves us stunned.” Michael’s co-star in The Finder, Mercedes Masöhn also gave this lovely tribute – “As all of his fans know, Michael had a smile that would light up the screen. His presence was commanding due to his large stature and even larger biceps… I’m sad we lost a big teddy bear who cared so greatly for animals of all sizes… and he loved them so sweetly. I feel honoured to have worked with him. My thoughts go out to his family and friends and all those who will miss him. RIP Michael Clark Duncan.”
Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his fiancée Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, his family and friends.