*Michael Clarke Duncan is still under close watch after going into cardiac arrest last Friday morning.

According to reports, the 315-pound actor, who has been a vegetarian since 2009, is in the intensive care depending on the respirator.

Despite the slow progress, doctors are optimistic about his recovery since determining that he has a “very strong heartbeat.”

Duncan’s girlfriend, Omarosa Manigault saved his life when she performed CPR until help came. Paramedics arrived to his Woodland Hills, Calif. home 40 minutes after the 911 call, getting him to the hospital around 2 a.m.