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Michael Clarke Duncan died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 54. According to his rep, Duncan "suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered." The imposing 6-foot-5 actor, who was engaged to Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault, first burst onto the scene in 1999, when he starred opposite Tom Hanks in Frank Darabont's The Green Mile. Duncan played John Coffee, a 1930s death-row prisoner with magical healing powers, and was nominated for an Academy Award for the remarkable performance.
Hanks, 56, shared a statement on Monday about his costar: I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike. He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of The Green Mile. He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned."
Other celebrities, from former co-stars like Gary Sinise and Zachary Levi to friends Holly Robinson Peete and Dwayne Johnson also shared their condolences and memories of the big and memorable actor. Here's what they had to say on Twitter:
"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." -- Terry Crews
"Had the pleasure of working on 2 things with Michael Clark Duncan. The Green Mile, & as guest star on CSI NY. A real gentleman. R.I P my friend" -- Gary Sinise
"Sharing memories of Michael Clarke Duncan w/mom @doloresrobinson who was his Manager when he was nominated 4 an Oscar 4 Green Mile" -- Holly Robinson Peete
"'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." -- Dwayne Johnson
"I will miss my friend, Michael Clarke Duncan. What an incredible soldier in God's Plan." -- Steve Harvey
"Will miss you @OfficialMCD Thanks for being so kind & awesome." -- Seth Green
"Blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Michael Clarke Duncan while he was still with us. He was a kind soul that will be missed." -- Zachary Levi
"Just heard the news that @officialmcd passed away. My prayers go out to his family and @Omarosa during this very sad time." -- Lennox Lewis
"#MichaelClarkeDuncan RIP. The world has lost a greatly underrated actor whose presence on screen was truly unique and one for the ages." -- Josh Gad
"@OfficialMCD I cant believe you are gone my friend. I will miss our Lakers vs Mavs bets and texts. You will not be forgotten. RIP" -- Mark Cuban