Michael Clarke Duncan dies at 54 and remembered for talented acting, respecting the planet and loving animals
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Entertainment, Film/TV, Vegetarian
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The talented actor and Oscar-nominee Michael Clarke Duncan has just died at the age of 54, the Associated Press reports.

Duncan is most known for his role in “The Green Mile,” alongside Tom Hanks, as death row inmate John Coffey, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

He died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a statement released by his fiancée Reverend Omarosa Manigault. Just two months ago Duncan suffered a heart attack (myocardial infarction) and “never fully recovered.”

Not only will he be remembered for his brilliant performances, but also for his good deeds. Duncan gave back to others and even respected the planet and its creatures by going vegetarian.

In May 2012, he joined forces with PETA speaking out about his vegetarianism and his love for animals in the campaign, “I Am Michael Clarke Duncan, and I Am a Vegetarian.”

Three years ago, about the time he turned 51, Duncan decided to cut meat out indefinitely from his diet. He wanted to try something “new and exciting and different.”

“The best thing about being a vegetarian for me, number one is I know I’m not harming any animals,” he told PETA. “The number two thing is increased strength. I’m a lot stronger than I was when I was eating meat.”

He goes on to say in the video campaign, “Most of your most powerful animals in the wild are vegetarian, so I’m trying to get my strength to that level. I don’t know if I’ll make it or not, but elephants are vegetarians. They’re pretty big, so. . .”

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound actor wouldn’t seem the vegetarian type, but there’s always more to someone than meets the eye.

His most recent acting work took place on FOX’s “The Finder,” a spin-off of “Bones.” He played bartender and attorney Leo Knox.

He, his talents and good deeds will be greatly missed. Here are just a few thoughts/tweets from celebs whose lives Duncan greatly impacted.

Holly Robinson Peete: RIP Michael Clarke Duncan Heaven has an amazing new angel. I will miss your smile most http://say.ly/Mgq45YE.

Zachary Levi: Blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Michael Clarke Duncan while he was still with us. He was a kind soul that will be missed.

Beverley Mitchell: So sad to hear about Michael Clarke Duncan’s passing. Not just a great actor but a truly kind and amazing man. He will surely be missed. RIP

Alexa Vega: I am so shocked and heart broken to hear about Michael Clarke Duncan’s passing. What a man of quality. Both in his life and his work.

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Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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