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Green Mile legend death from natural causes rules US coroner

September 6, 2012

Green Mile star Michael Clarke Duncan’s death was a result of natural causes, an American coroner has confirmed.

The actor, aged 54, passed away at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday. According to sources, he hadn’t fully recovered from a heart attack he experienced in July.

In the meantime, tributes to the larger-than-life actor continue to pour in. Action hero Bruce Willis, who starred alongside Duncan in Armageddon, said his friend was “a great human being” before adding that he will: “miss Big Mike in a big way”.

In numerous interviews, Duncan credited Willis for being the man who recommended him to director of The Green Mile, Frank Darabont. The actor was nominated for a 2000 Oscar for his portrayal of an inmate on death row in The Green Mile.

Michael Bay, director of Armageddon, explained how the filming of the action masterpiece will always be one of his fondest memories, and went on to tell of his pride at seeing Duncan grow into the actor he eventually became. Jokingly, however, he said Duncan “sucked” on the first-ever day on set.

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