Michael Clarke Duncan Passes Away Aged 54 After Heart Attack

Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan was an American actor born December 10, 1957 and will be remembered fondly for his portrayal of John Coffey in the smash hit film, The Green Mile, a touching story of a gentle giant of a man wrongly sentenced to death for the murder of a young girl who lived at the house where he tended the gardens. The role won him an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination, unsurprisingly given his utterly believable and moving performance.

After hie excellent starring role in The Green Mile he turned his hand to a variety of styles and featured in movies ranging from comedy to superhero flicks. In Daredevil he played the evil Kingpin, while in the puerile Talladega Nights he played the manager of the ill-fated Ricky Bobby’s race team. He has also lent his unique voice to various animated films.

His death came at the incredibly early age of 54 after he suffered a heart attack on July 13, 2012. The condition was referred to as ‘Myocardail Infarction’ [MI], a form of heart attack caused by loss of blood flow to the heart resulting in the death of heart cells.

At the time of the attack his girlfriend, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, performed CPR before the paramedics arrived. He was taken to hospital and on August 6 was placed in an intensive care unit. He never recovered from the attack and on September 3 he passed away.

Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile

Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile

The cause of Michael Clarke Duncan’s heart attack was unknown but in general it can be caused by high levels of cholesterol which accompanies bad diet, as well as lack of exercise, and now some scientists claim that bad oral hygiene can contribute to heart conditions courtesy of plaque build up.

Eating plenty of greens and fresh fruit along with some mild exercise every day can go a long way towards avoiding such illnesses.

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