By Jueseppi B.
by Natalie Finn Mon., Aug. 6, 2012 6:13 PM
Does this mean Michael Clarke Duncan is out of the woods?
“His family are firm believers in the power of prayer and have asked that you keep him in yours during this time,” a rep for the actor said in a statement.
Duncan was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on July 13 after suffering a myocardial infarction, which is more commonly known as a heart attack.
He reportedly went into cardiac arrest at his home and girlfriend Omarosa Stallworth, of Apprentice fame, revived him with CPR.
“After going through this medical scare with MCD…my advice to all of you is to NEVER get SICK!!” Stallworth tweeted last Wednesday, also posting an Instagram picture of a medicine bottle with pills spilling out. She addedFriday, “Everyday GOD continues to smile upon my luv Michael Clarke Duncan on this arduous road to recovery. God is with us every step of the way!!”
Michael Clarke Duncan (born December 10, 1957) is an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He is also recognized for his appearances in famous motion pictures such as Armageddon, The Whole Nine Yards, Brother Bear, and Daredevil.
Duncan was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in a single-parent household with his sister, Judy, and mother, Jean Duncan (a house cleaner), after his father left. He always wanted to act, but had to drop out of the Communications program at Alcorn State University to support his family when his mother became ill. Duncan’s large frame—6 feet 5 inches (196 cm) and 315 pounds (142 kg)—helped him in his jobs digging ditches for the People’s Gas Company and being a bouncer at different Chicago clubs. Duncan has stated that one of his many jobs had been a stripper and that his stage name was Black Caesar.
In 1979, he participated in the Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox: he was among the first 100 people to run onto the field and he slid into third base. During the ensuing riot his silver belt buckle was stolen while he was stealing a baseball bat from the dugout. Clarke would later provide the narration for the 2005 World Series film.
Publicist Joy Fehily said in a brief email statement Monday that the 54-year-old actor “was just moved from the intensive care unit, but remains hospitalized” following his July 13 heart attack.
The 54-year-old actor was found in a state of cardiac arrest around 2:00 a.m. PT on July 13, by his girlfriend Omarosa Stallworth, who reportedly performed CPR and resuscitated Duncan, according to TMZ.
“According to doctors, Michael Clarke Duncan suffered a myocardial infarction early this morning. He is now stable and we look forward to his full recovery,” Duncan’s publicist told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a statement.
Duncan was transported to a Los Angeles hospital, where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. Stallworth’s spokesperson confirmed his hospitalization but did not provide immediate details.
Duncan, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in “The Green Mile,” has also appeared in films like “The Whole Nine Yards,” “Planet of the Apes,” “The Scorpion King” and “Sin City.”
Duncan and Stallworth, who has appeared twice on “The Apprentice,” first confirmed their relationship in September 2010. The reality villain met Duncan in the produce section of a Whole Foods grocery store.
Speedy recovery Mr. Duncan.