Michael Clarke Duncan, the muscular actor who played the angel John Coffey in The Green Mile, has died at the age of 54.
The 1.95m (6ft 5in) star died yesterday at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after nearly two months of treatment following a heart attack.
The Oscar-nominated actor’s fiancée, reality television star Omarosa Manigault, confirmed his death in a statement released through his publicist.
He had a heart attack on July 13 and ‘never fully recovered,’ publicist Joy Fehily said.
Duncan’s first major role was in 1998 movie Armageddon.
He went on to appear in several other big budget feature films, including 2002 film The Scorpion King, the 2003 comic book movie Daredevil and 2005 release Sin City.
But his career-defining role was in 1999 Tom Hanks drama The Green Mile, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his portrayal of death row inmate John Coffey.
‘Michael was the gentlest of souls – an exemplar of decency, integrity and kindness,’ Frank Darabont, director of The Green Mile, said in a statement.
‘The sadness I feel is inexpressible.’
Most recently Duncan appeared in several episodes of Fox crime drama The Finder.