Michael Clarke Duncan, often associated with the phrase “gentle giant,” has died Monday after a July 13 heart attack at the age of 54. Duncan was being treated at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angleles.
The actor appeared in popular films such as The Green Mile, Sin City, The Whole Nine Yards, Talladega Nights and Daredevil.
Duncan was set to marry fiancé and former contestant of Celebrity Apprentice Omarosa Manigault in January.
Tom Hanks, who starred alongside Duncan in The Green Mile, mourned the actor’s death saying, “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.”
The director of The Green Mile, Frank Darabont, also expressed his condolences saying “I’m devastated at the loss of Michael Clarke Duncan, one of the finest people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with or know. Michael was the gentlest of souls—an exemplar of decency, integrity and kindness. The sadness I feel is inexpressible.”
Duncan also gave his voice to several animated films including Kung Fu Panda, Racing Stripes and Brother Bear. Michael Clarke Duncan has also made appearances in the television series The Apprentice, Two and a Half Men, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Finder.
Michael Clarke Duncan is survived by his fiancé, mother and sister.