Fans Pay Tribute To Late Actor Michael Clarke Duncan

Fans Pay Tribute To Late Actor Michael Clarke Duncan
Entertainment
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Fans were given the chance to pay their respects to late actor Michael Clarke Duncan today. The Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Los Angeles opened its doors for a public viewing of the Hollywood star’s casket, which was showered with flower arrangements.

Following a 30 minute slideshow presentation, an employee delivered a five minute eulogy for the 54-year-old icon, followed by a showing of The Green Mile. No family were in attendance today, with a private invitation-only memorial following tomorrow.

The actor died of natural causes on September 3 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, two months after suffering a myocardial infarction.

Monday’s service will be led by famed preacher Bishop Charles Blake, with Dr. H. Beecher Hicks will doing the eulogy.

Since Duncan’s death, a growing memorial has appeared outside his home where fans and neighbours have left flowers, candles, notes and cards.

Since he died, many have rushed to pay tribute and pass on love to his fiancée Omarosa Manigault.

Tom Hanks, who starred alongside Michael in The Green Mile, said: ‘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.’

Bruce Willis, who starred in four films alongside Michael, including The Whole Nine Yards and Sin City, said: ‘Michael Duncan was a great actor, a great human being, and he was my very dear friend.

‘I will miss Big Mike in a Big Way.’

Meanwhile, director Michael Bay – who gave Michael his first acting break in Armageddon – wrote on his blog: ‘We found him in a gym. He cried at the first audition because he was so proud to audition for a Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer movie, he just wanted to make his mom proud.

‘We gave him the role in the room. Everyone loved him, his infectious spirit and great belly laugh. I’m really sad to lose him. Rest in peace buddy.’

Last Monday, publicist Joy Fehily released a statement from Duncan’s partner, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, saying the Oscar-nominee passed away in a Los Angeles hospital.

As the sad news was delivered, it also referred to Omarosa for the first time as his fiancée, saying: ‘The Oscar-nominated actor suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered.’

Omarosa confirmed the news herself to Radar, saying: ‘I am devastated. He was the love of my life.’

She has since taken to Twitter, quoting the Bible: ‘Let not your hearts be troubled… John 14:1′.

The religious preacher also wrote: ‘Thank you for your outpouring of love and support for my beloved Michael. @OfficialMCD He will truly be missed! Sincerely @OMAROSA’.

Elite.

Photo Credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

 

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Max Grunner

Elite Daily is a medium for people tired of disingenuous content; we have sought to create a space where stimulating, applicable content can reach a like-minded audience.

More In Entertainment

Entertainment Cecily Trowbridge

5 Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Care About Jennifer Lawrence’s Leaked Nude Photos

By now, we’ve all heard the news: Hollywood’s favorite leading lady, Jennifer Lawrence, is available for perusal up close and personal due to some pervert’s hack job. Depending on who you are, this event may be characterized by one or more of the following words: disgusting, despicable, awful, humiliating, unfortunate, lucky, awesome. Regardless, this woman’s world […]

TV Gillian Fuller

John Oliver Responds To Haters By Reading YouTube ‘Fan Mail’ (Video)

Remember Jimmy Fallon’s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” bit? This is kind of like that. John Oliver, British host of “Last Week Tonight,” can’t resist the occasional urge to read commenters’ posts about his show on Youtube. After uncovering some serious gems, Oliver created a web-only clip, in which he reads and responds to some of […]

Entertainment Gillian Fuller

Ricky Gervais Sparks Major Controversy By Blaming Victims For Celebrity Nude Photo Leaks

Comedian Ricky Gervais might be in some deep sh*t with his fellow Hollywooders after tweeting (and then immediately deleting) about the recent nude photo leak scandal, which affected over 100 celebs, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton.  Though Gervais is known for his often-offensive British humor, Twitter users freaked out over the tweet, slamming the […]

Also On Elite

World

5 Reasons Why Lands’ End Moms Are Overreacting To The GQ Deliverance

In the midst of all of the death and destruction that’s happening in the world today, it seems that the Housewives of America are fighting their own war with retailer Lands’ End. Forget the terrorization in Ukraine or the Ebola crisis; suburban moms are in an uproar over a GQ cover that is hot off […]

Humor

Guy Locks Himself In A Hot Car To Prove Babies And Dogs Are Wimps (Video)

A major part of being a parent is remembering that your child exists, but despite this cardinal rule, it seems there are no shortage of news stories featuring mothers and fathers who somehow locked their child in a hot car for hours on end. The child’s parent is normally held responsible in situations like this, […]