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Michael Clarke Duncan

'Fighting Like a Mutha'

7/17/2012 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Michael Clarke Duncan "is fighting like a mutha" and his heart is as strong as an ox -- sources involved in his treatment tell TMZ.

We broke the story, Michael went into full cardiac arrest early Friday morning and his girlfriend Omarosa did heroic CPR and re-started his ticker -- especially miraculous since he weighs 325 pounds.

Our sources say ... Michael has been on a respirator at the hospital since his admission, but we're told he's "breathing above the respirator" -- a good sign.

We're told tests were performed Monday and doctors determined Michael has a "very strong heartbeat" and they are optimistic. That's especially good news because Michael has been sedated ever since his heart attack and doctors aren't sure what his condition will be -- worst case scenario could involve paralysis, although that's looking less likely.

Doctors have no immediate plans to take Michael off the respirator and we're told it's still dicey for the 54-year-old actor. 

We're told the buzz at the hospital is ... L.A. can't afford to lose another high-profile celebrity and "an army of people" are caring for him.

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MICHAEL JACKSON/TOM CRUISE FAN FOR LIVE    

like his movies

743 days ago
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What You Really Want To See    

LA can't afford to lose another celebrity? You guys are dying faster than MCD... he'll make a recovery. The jerk who writes this **** is terminal...

743 days ago
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twinsies    

It's wonderful to hear that his girlfriend was able to jump in and help save him. Hopefully, he gets better soon.

743 days ago
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Googie    

♡ U & get well soon MCD

PS: TMZ you could have done without that last sentence. The hospital personnel are going to do their best no matter who it is.

743 days ago
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John    

TMZ you should recheck your sources... there is a sentence thats complete fail...

good thing TMZ staff really do not work in healthcare..

Hang in there MCD!

743 days ago
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cobrazombie    

Stay strong, big guy.

743 days ago
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InformationTrafficker    

Full story:

Upon entering one of the rooms in his house, MCD suddenly came upon Omarosa in a state of undress and without any makeup on.

The sudden shock at such a sight no doubt affected his heart and thus the towering giant fell, taking what could have been his last few breaths.

Omarosa, seeing that it was her time to pounce, moved quickly to take advantage of MCD's weakened state.

The adrenaline rush that resulted in seeing her moving swiftly and frenziedly towards him allowed MCD to fend off the impending love attack.

Nevertheless, such a sight indeed would leave mental scars. MCD is okay now, but is biding his time in the hospital while figuring out how best to ensure that he doesn't fall prey to such a scenario again.

I must be stated that having one's soul fed upon nightly by such an entity would have killed a lesser man a long time ago.

We are rooting for you MCD. Good luck.

743 days ago
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InformationTrafficker    

*It

743 days ago
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Bridget    

Stay strong MCD! Hope you have a full and speedy recovery.

743 days ago
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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Get well soon my Friend.

743 days ago
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myopinion    

Great News!!!! Sounds like he will be okay.

Wishing the best MCD....Get well soon!!!

743 days ago
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mimi    

Michael is such a sweetheart and I hated Omarosa until she hooked up with Michael. Maybe there's a human side to her afterall. Thank goodness she was there and could perform CPR!! He's such a good actor. I know I for one would hate to lose him. Wishing them all the best and Michael a speedy recovery.

Hey Harvey. Why does TMZ allow all this advertising in the comments section???? I hate seeing it.

743 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

WOW. My mother had a massive heart attack and she was never on a respirator and was sedated only for a day and a half. Something doesn't sound right. I hope he is REALLY ok, not just them saying he is ok like they did about Princess Diana.

743 days ago
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carmel_lollipop    

my prayers to to Michael and his family I hope he recovers completly from this horrible situation and I hope he's stronger from this.. thank you..

743 days ago
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Truth    

HIGH PROFILE CELEBRITY??? HAHAHAHHA. MID-LEVEL CELEBRITY AT BEST. HE'S BEEN A LOW-LEVEL CELEB SINCE HE MET OMAROSA. AS FOR 325 LBS??? METHINKS NOT. THAT WAS HIS WEIGHT IN THE GREEN MILE. HE'S LIKE 260...-270 LBS NOW. DUDE'S CONDITION IS RESULT OF PAST USE OF STEROIDS FROM WEIGHT LIFTING. LONG TERM EFFECTS INCLUDE ENLARGEMENT OF THE HEART AND POSSIBLE HEART FAILURE. DING, DING, DING!! #TRUTH!!

743 days ago
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