According to TMZ.com, one of the contributing factors to his death was severe lack of oxygen to his brain. Other underlying causes were an irregular heartbeat and acute myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack..
Duncan died Sept. 3 at 54, having never fully recovered from a heart attack in July.
On Monday, friends and family attended a special service in Los Angeles for “The Green Mile” star.
Michael Clarke Duncan’s fiancée Omarosa Manigault attends his Memorial Service at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park and Mortuaries in the Hollywood Hills selection of Los Angeles Monday, September 10, 2012
*Holly Robinson Peete, Vivica A. Fox, Loretta Devine and Stevie Wonder were among those who helped celebrate the life of Michael Clarke Duncan during a nearly four-hour memorial service Monday marked by heartfelt speeches, rousing gospel performances and photos of the always-smiling star, reports the Associated Press.
Former reality TV star the Rev. Omarosa O. Manigault, who was Duncan’s fiancée, also attended along with Duncan’s mother, sister and nephews.
Omarosa told CNN as she arrived for the service: “Doctors said he wouldn’t survive after the heart attack for one or two days.” She then began crying but continued. When asked if she revived him after the heart attack, she said: ‘Let’s just focus on today and not go back to that day.” The former reality TV star added: ‘I don’t remember him as Michael the actor or entertainer. “He was the love of my life, he is the love of my life. I’m going to miss him so much.”
Actor Tom Hanks arrives at the Michael Clarke Duncan Memorial Service at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park and Mortuaries in the Hollywood Hills selection of Los Angeles Monday, September 10, 2012
Tom Hanks was also on hand and shared stories about his co-star in “The Green Mile.” [Scroll down for video of Hanks' address.] Peete talked about meeting Duncan while he was still a celebrity bodyguard. Devine spoke of how Duncan would do anything for a laugh. Wonder appeared via video, solemnly playing piano and singing the opening verses of his life-affirming song “As” for the man he called “a gentle giant.”
Jay Leno was also among the attendees and said he was touched by the actor’s positivity and lack of cynicism.
Jay Leno arrives at the Michael Clarke Duncan Memorial Service at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park and Mortuaries in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, Monday, September 10, 2012
Backed by a gospel choir, singers Angie Stone, Kelly Price, Kenny Lattimore and Abraham McDonald lent their voices to the private funeral. State Assemblyman Mike Davis and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson also attended, with the council declaring Monday as “Michael Clarke Duncan Day.”
Duncan died Sept. 3 at 54, having never fully recovered from a heart attack in July. His physician was among the speakers at the service at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Los Angeles.
View more pictures from the service below.
Vivica Fox arrives at the Michael Clarke Duncan Memorial Service at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park and Mortuaries in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, Monday, September 10, 2012
NBC Los Angeles affiliate Channel 4 reports that Sunday’s four-hour tribute at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills also featured speeches from Duncan friends and a slideshow, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Private services are being held today on the Forest Lawn grounds with Duncan’s fiance, Omarosa Manigault, expected to attend along with celebrity guests, Channel 4 reported.
Duncan, who was 54, died in Los Angeles Sept. 3 from natural causes, two months after suffering a heart attack.
*One minute she’s turning down love on a reality show, the next minute, she’s about to jump the broom with Michael Clarke Duncan.
Omarosa and the “Green Mile” actor have been quietly dating since about April of this year. And according to reports, she’s telling people that he’s definitely “the one.”
Last month, Omarosa told Black Voices, “He is the greatest guy I’ve ever been with! I’m madly in love!” She also said that if Duncan proposed, she would “absolutely” say yes.
On Sunday night, the couple arrived hand-in-hand at In Touch Weekly’s Icons and Idols party at Bar Marmont in West Hollywood and “could barely keep their paws off one another,” according to Popeater. “Duncan kept her very close to his side all night, gushing to onlookers, ‘That’s my girl.’”
As for Omarosa’s own green mile…of love?
In 2000, she married Aaron Stallworth, but the two divorced in 2005. Several months after the split, she was linked to Dr. Frank Ryan, who died tragically in a car accident this summer.
She tried her hand at love again earlier this year, teaming up with Donald Trump for the TV One dating show ‘The Ultimate Merger.’ But finding love wasn’t in the cards for her, as the final contestant, R&B singer Ray Lavender, was eliminated because he was still technically married. Although Omarosa stated during a reunion show that there would be a second season, it has been called off for now — as long as she and Duncan remain an item.