Oscar-nominated star passes away after suffering a heart attack in July

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at the age of 54.

The Oscar-nominated star suffered a heart attack on July 13 (2012) and “never fully recovered”, his representative said in a statement. He passed away in Los Angeles yesterday morning (September 3).

The statuesque actor, who stood at 6ft 5in tall, balanced small acting assignments with security work before landing a part in 1998’s Armageddon. This led to his breakthrough role opposite Tom Hanks in 1999 prison drama The Green Mile, for which he received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.

Hearing of Clarke Duncan’s death, Hanks said in a statement: “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.”

Following The Green Mile, Clarke Duncan worked prolifically, notching up big screen appearances in 2000’s The Whole Nine Yards, 2005’s Sin City and 2006’s Talladega Nights, among many other movies. He also leant his distinctive deep voice to animated films such as Brother Bear and Kung Fu Panda.

Earlier this year (2012), he starred in 13 episodes of The Finder, a US TV drama series that was later cancelled. He is survived by his fiancée, reality star Reverend Omarosa Manigault, whom he had been dating since 2010.