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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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31.

Joe    

it was omarosa.

738 days ago
32.

FM King    

His heart may be "strong as an ox"...but unfortunately it's the arteries around the heart that cause most of the problems. Here's hoping he'll do well!

738 days ago
33.

She's baaaack    

Sorry TMZ, maybe you should stick to the Kardashians. Your story doesn't add up. Being on a respiratory is never a good thing. Being on one after a heart attack is really not a good thing but breathing above it at least shows that something is going on with him. I'm not that medically savvy but I didn't think heart attacks caused paralysis unless there was serious brain damage, in which case the heart attack caused brain damage and the brain damage resulted in some type of physical deficit. Seriously, you should stick with fluff.

738 days ago
34.

Carl    

I hope he makes a full recovery. When he does he really needs to start losing weight. He has looked heavy lately, and even at 6'8" 325 lbs. is too heavy.

738 days ago
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undrgrndgirl    

wow.my wishes to michael for a speedy and complete recovery.

i lost my husband (also age 54) to a silent heart attack a little over five years ago. omarosa is fortunate to have found him in time.

738 days ago
36.

Jimi    

Always liked him. Hope he pulls thru.

738 days ago
37.

mikeR    

He always seems like a good guy. Hope he recovers 100%

738 days ago
38.

undrgrndgirl    

wow.my wishes to michael for a speedy and complete recovery.

i lost my husband (also age 54) to a silent heart attack a little over five years ago. omarosa is fortunate to have found him in time.

738 days ago
39.

DaveT    

Michael is 54? Thought he was in his mid-30's, guy ages well.

738 days ago
40.

Mary    

Hope you have a full recovery. I loved the show you were on ( The Finder) and was VERY sorry to see it was canceled...I'm sure you will get to be in a new one soon! Get well soon!

738 days ago
41.

gamepro    

at least he is getting alot better good luck

738 days ago
42.

alicia    

Please clarify TMZ. Michael Clark Duncan is on a Ventilator,not a respirator. Big difference! A respirator is a mask that keeps particles out, a ventilator is the "breathing machine".

738 days ago
43.

Linda    

L.A. can't afford to lose another high profile celebrity? How about MCD can't afford to lose his LIFE? Sheesh! Talk about screwed up priorities. I had never liked Omarosa before, but she's a hero in this case.

738 days ago
44.

sharon    

I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Clark a few years back. That guy is THE nicest man in Hollywood. So genuine and humble. Get well soon Michael!

738 days ago
45.

Jae    

Paralysis from a heart attack????????

738 days ago
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