R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan

We regret to report actor Michael Clarke Duncan, 54, has passed away. The actor suffered a heart attack last month and, according to a release from his fiancée, died yesterday morning.

The baritone voice actor will be best remembered as THE GREEN MILE’S death row miracle worker John Coffey. He also stole the spotlight in films like ARMAGEDDON, SIN CITY, GREEN LANTERN, and TALADEGA NIGHTS: THE LEGEND OF RICKY BOBBY. Horror gamers will also remember him as the unnerving voice of Blackmore in THE SUFFERING: TIES THAT BIND.

In response to his passing, THE GREEN MILE director Frank Darabont released the following statement:

”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.”

”Our experience making THE GREEN MILE together was immersive and incredible, a once-in-a-lifetime journey. What sticks most in my mind was his devotion to his craft and the strides he made as an artist during that time, which was beyond inspiring to those of us who took the journey with him. Never has an actor more richly deserved the recognition of an Academy Award nomination than Michael did for his performance as John Coffey.”

”Michael has left us far, far too soon. We lost a great man and a great spirit today. My thoughts and condolences go out to his fiancée Omarosa and to his family.”

I don’t believe anyone who knew the man or his work could have expressed it more eloquently. Rest in peace, Mr. Duncan.

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