"Green Mile" actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died after suffering a heart attack earlier this summer. Clarke, 54, who died early Monday morning, had been fighting for his life after going into full cardiac arrest on July 13. According to reports, he had been on a respirator since being admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles.
Clarke, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the "Green Mile," had reportedly begun to breathe "above the respirator," and doctors had been optimistic about his recovery.
A statement released by his fiancé, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, expressed gratitude for his fans' support.
"Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date," the statement read.
Clarke, also a Screen Actors Guild- and Golden Globe-nominated actor, had appeared in several other films during his career, which was launched in the 1990s.
The "Green Mile, which debuted in 1999, was based on the Stephen King novel of the same name that starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer.