Michael Clarke Duncan fans pay tribute at public memorial

A private funeral for the late actor Michael Clarke Duncan will be held Monday, a day after friends and fans gathered for a public memorial.

A large crowd turned out Sunday for a public viewing of Duncan’s casket at the Hall of Liberty in Forest Lawn Park in Los Angeles.

There was also a viewing on a screen of “The Green Mile,” the film that made Duncan a star.

“He was an incredible actor, an incredible talent, but at the same time he was just an incredible human being,” said friend Bobby Hernandez. “He’s somebody that has probably the biggest heart I’ve ever met and probably the most genuine person I’ve ever met.”

Duncan died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Sept. 3 after nearly two months of treatment following a heart attack. He was 54.

Duncan was hospitalized after suffering a myocardial infarction on July 13.

He was moved from the intensive care unit nearly a month later in August but remained in the hospital.

Coroner’s officials said there was nothing to suggest officials needed to review the case.

Officials noted that Duncan had had heart problems and was under medical care. In such cases, it is normal for the doctor to sign the death certificate without any review by the coroner.

In the days since Duncan’s death, a growing memorial with flowers, candles, notes and cards has appeared outside his Woodland Hills home.

Friends say that the man with a big smile and an even bigger heart was unaffected by his success, and never let fame go to his head.

“He was always willing to help the next person. He was just that kind of guy,” friend Kiyano La’Vin said Sunday.


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