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Michael Clarke Duncan passed away today. Paul Gale Network thanks you for all of the memories…you’ll be missed.

September 3, 2012

Michael Clarke Duncan passes away on 09-03-12 RIP from Paul Gale Network
Michael Clarke Duncan and Paul Gale

Earlier today, Michael Clarke Duncan, quite literally one of Hollywood’s “biggest” actors, passed away from heart problems that began originally on July 13th, when the actor suffered from a myocardial infarction. It was on that date that his long time girlfriend turned fiancée, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, was able to resuscitate him before he was transferred to the hospital.

Sadly on this day, Michael passed on at the age of 54 in Los Angeles, California at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He will definitely be missed, as this 6’5″ charismatic, kind, and entertaining man was always a pleasure to be around.

I first met the actor in October, 2000 at a WWF (now WWE) Smackdown event in Los Angeles. He sat right behind me and was completely cool to talk to, despite being such a huge star from his breakout role in “The Green Mile”, the year before. We actually met several other times at other events and quite a few movie debuts. The off and on friendly communication that I had with Mr. Duncan culminated in February, 2009 at Street Fighter IV’s Los Angeles launch party in the VIP section.

It was then that Michael introduced me to his girlfriend, Omarosa, who was kind enough to take a picture of the two of us and join in on us reminiscing some of our past encounters. Michael also told me that it was fun being Balrog in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li and wouldn’t mind reprising the role in video game form if Capcom decided to do such a thing.

Never was Michael in a rush or “too big” to talk to, despite clearly being a “very big” guy. A person full of smiles, laughs, and a good heart is who he was throughout the decade we knew each other. Even though I’m sad to see him go, I’m glad that the last three years of his life were his healthiest in many, after going vegetarian and joining PETA in the process. That in parallel with what his line for me when I’d say, “I don’t know if you remember me…”, was, “Paul, I don’t even remember what I had for breakfast this morning”…always brings a smile to my face to know that later on, he really did kick health into high gear and was doing great.

Michael was also a really big animal lover (even before joining PETA), with several dogs, cats, fish, and a chinchilla at one time (that sadly got mauled by his rottweiler right after us meeting at the Street Fighter IV event) and was one of the earlier people that I shared my idea of my children’s book, “Lisek’s Great Adventure” with. He was encouraging and recommended me pursue it, because he loved his pets and thought that the idea of my story was sweet. I wish my book came out sooner so you could have seen how it turned out because I always appreciated your support and think you’d like the final product.

Well…thank you Michael for always being kind to me and a good friend at whatever function we met at. To Omarosa and all of Mr. Duncan’s immediate friends and family, my condolences during this difficult time. Rest in Piece, big guy and thank you for all of the memories you gave me personally, to Paul Gale Network, and to the world through your awesome acting career.

Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 03, 2012)
Some of the places Duncan appeared in:
Friday, Armageddon, The Green Mile, The Scorpion King, Daredevil, Sin City, God of War II, Kung Fu Panda, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, and Green Lantern

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COREYXYEROC September 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Yeah he is a brilliant actor. Cant believe he is gone at 54 years old. Really sad and i hope his family well.

Paul Gale September 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Yeah, he was 54 and still seemed as youthful as they come. Here’s to him.

johnsmith September 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I’ll be praying for his family. Rest in Piece, sir. You were a phenomenal actor. God Bless

Paul Gale September 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Great actor and a kind person in the real world…extra cool.

Katisnotinthegame September 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

He was the King Pin in Daredevil, Atlas in God of War etc. 🙁

Paul Gale September 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

Yeah and he was a great fit for King Pin. I still remember his final scene in the movie and it’s been years since I’ve seen it. Good choice for Atlas, too.

Tetiro September 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I feel sorry for his family. It’s one thing losing a famous actor, but it’s a completely different thing to lose a family member. I hope that his family can make it through such a difficult time.

Paul Gale September 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

Very true. An actor to the world but a family member to a select amount of people.

ackme-b September 4, 2012 at 8:12 am

Michael Clarke Duncan You sir was a great actor and also one of my favorite titans Rest In Piece big guy you deserve it 😀

Paul Gale September 4, 2012 at 11:15 am


GuiltyBadguy September 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm

R.I.P. Duncan. You were a great actor. Sad to see you pass. 🙁

Paul Gale September 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm

At least there are so many positive comments from people all over the internet, so if that’s any consolation to his family, any little bit might help.

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