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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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Anonymous    

Get better soon so we can see you back on screen.

739 days ago
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Beth    

It isn't a "respirator," it is called a ventilator...or "vent."

739 days ago
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simone    

Are we sure Omarosa had nothing to do with that man's attack. She is a little sketchy. I see a new reality series for her out of this.
Hang in there man! Get strong. You are going to need your strength.

739 days ago
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JESSICA    

As a cardiovascular intensive care nurse I find your "report" to be hilarious. I've never seen anyone "paralyzed" from a heart attack. It's not a respirator it's a ventilator and breathing over the ventilator is not a good sign...its not anything at all. Brain dead people breath over the vent too. Putting together the pieces of this story sounds like he had a cardiac arrest...yes his heart stopped...CPR was initiated and now he's in a medically induced coma. If he recovers he will need bypass surgery. Mr. Duncan, good luck to you, we wish you a full recovery.

739 days ago
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karen    

My prayers for a speedy recovery. I love your smile it is so infectous. You are one of the few actors that seem so general

739 days ago
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Tray    

Fight and Stay up MCD!!! Praying for you!

739 days ago
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john johnson    

c'mon big guy, hang in there!

738 days ago
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dennis sundin    

Good Speed and best wishes - you seem to be one of the nicest guys in holywood - me wife is 74 and and has had 2 heart attacks - if you smoke stop - do what your doctors say and exercise(fat me should tell you) but do light exercises -i think 8i read you are 54 - i'm 65 and believe me - you will be sloowing down one way or the outhr

738 days ago
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Dorothy Marchisella    

Please get well I am rooting for you

738 days ago
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Apple    

I Like This Guy! Hope He Get's Well Very Soon!!!!! Great Actor and Seemingly Very Nice Spirit!

738 days ago
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sister power    

Mr. Duncan may God bless you and keep you safe and protected thru his Son Jesus the Christ. You are healed by the mighty love and power of Jesus the Christ...Amen-RA

738 days ago
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Martha    

Get Better Really Soon!

738 days ago
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Pound Sand    

Very nice man. Met him in Vegas many years ago and he was very funny and kind. Can't say I have ever heard a bad word about him. Get well soon!!!

738 days ago
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ken    

it is called a VENTILATOR not respirator ...get it right there is a difference...sounds like he is going to have some brain damage...poor guy....k

738 days ago
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jayman419    

I was gonna crack wise about him strip dancing on gurneys, and everyone who has seen Armageddon could have chuckled about it, but the last comment in the article means we aren't allowed to have fun.
Instead, apparently I have to remind you that no one in the hospital really gives a damn that he's famous when they're wiping his ass or cleaning the drool off his chin.

738 days ago
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