The death certificates for actor Michael Clarke Duncan was signed on Tuesday by a doctor who said the actor had died due to natural causes. Duncan died at Cedar-Sinai in Los Angeles said his publicist Joy Fehily. In July, the 6-foot5 actor had suffered a severe heart attack and never completely recovered.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said on Tuesday that nothing regarding the death of Duncan suggested authorities had to review the certificate. The movie actor had a history of heart problems and was under complete medical care at the time he died. The coroner’s office said it was normal for a doctor to sign off on death certificates without the need for the coroner to always review them.
Duncan was originally from Chicago and before going to Hollywood, he was a ditch digger for a local natural gas company. During the mid-1990s, he started working in Hollywood as a bodyguard to different celebrities.
In 1998, the received his first break in the motion picture industry when he received a role alongside Bruce Willis in Armageddon. Nevertheless, he is most remembered for his role of John Coffey in the movie The Green Mile. The movie starred Tom Hanks, who portrayed a prison guard in Louisiana.
The role of Coffey was that of an inmate who possessed powers that were supernatural and he was on death row due to being found guilty of murdering two white children.
Duncan grew up in the south side of Chicago and he and his sister were raised by only his mother, after his father left when Duncan was just six years old.