Here is a list of things I didn’t know about the actor Michael Clarke Duncan:
1) He suffered a heart attack on July 13 and until today had been in Cedars-Sinai undergoing treatment.
2) He is (was) engaged to The Apprentice‘s infamous reality personality Omarosa Manigault-Stalworth.
Imagine our shock when we pulled up our Google readers today and read the statement from Omarosa that her fiancé Duncan had passed away quietly of complications related to his heart attack nearly two months ago—a setback that he never made public when it happened, and that we’re only hearing about now.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Omarosa and the rest of Duncan’s family. We’ve lost an incredible character actor, who stunned us in The Green Mile, Daredevil, Sin City, and even Family Guy. What’s even more shocking is how understated his ordeal was, and how it was a myocardial infarction (according to Omarosa’s statement) that took him away from us. Duncan had one of those outsized personalities — we had such respect for him, whether on the big screen or the red carpet — it’s difficult to imagine him going through this pain and quietly passing out of our lives.
“Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time,” Omarosa’s statement reads. “Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date.”
Rest in peace.
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