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Michael Clarke Duncan

Lack of Oxygen

Proved Fatal

9/4/2012 9:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The dramatic minutes Michael Clarke Duncan was without oxygen during his heart attack damaged his organs so badly ... he could never recover -- TMZ has learned.

Sources involved in Duncan's treatment tell us ... on July 13 the actor went without oxygen for more than 5 minutes before Omarosa was able to re-start his heart with CPR.  We're told 5 minutes is the outer limit before permanent damage is likely.

Our sources say Duncan's decline was slow but steady.  First it was a kidney problem, then the pancreas, then extremely high blood pressure, and so on, until his body just shut down.

It was especially hard on Michael's fiancee, Omarosa ... who was told time and time again by doctors that things were looking up and he would be released soon.  But every time Omarosa got assurance, something else went wrong.

Omarosa is now at Forest Lawn, making arrangements for the funeral ... and we're told she is inconsolable.

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cass    

This just get more and more depressing :(

R.I.P. Big Man.

591 days ago
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myopinion    

Extremely sad! He was such a great guy! Mike you will be missed but not forgotten! I am looking at pics that we took! RIP

591 days ago
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Delaware D    

oh man, that is just too bad. I really liked him. Very sad.

591 days ago
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Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

"Sources involved in Duncan's treatment" should go to jail for breaking physician–patient privilege. Along with you a$$holes.


Fcuk you, Harvey!

591 days ago
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moppel    

R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan.....I will always think of you........

591 days ago
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Joe    

As much as I dislike Omarosa, I feel bad for her as it must be hard on her.

Knowing CPR is fine and dandy, but considering his size and her size, it would have been hard for her anyways.

591 days ago
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Ashlyn    

So sad :( I liked him a lot. 54 is definitely too young to die. My heart and deepest sympathies go out to everyone who knew and loved him.

591 days ago
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Yup    

This is the stupidest effing headline that the TMZ chimpanzee 4th grade dropouts have EVER written. Even when they write about someone as cool as Michael Clarke Duncan, they find a way to mock him. What a bunch of assh*les. Regardless, RIP Michael. You will be missed, my friend...

591 days ago
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Gretel    

Poor big guy. He was probably brain dead at the most or comatose at the least after his initial infarct. I don't exactly get why everyone is hating on his fiancee, but she fought to save his life and that makes her quite heroic in my book. Sorry for her loss and his family's loss. RIP Mr Duncan.

591 days ago
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Janice    

This is hard on of us who followed him, he is a great actor, awesome human being and will be missed by our family in Pueblo,Colorado . Our prayers are with his loved ones GOD BLESS YOU >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<>JANICE>>>ARAPAHOE WOMAN

591 days ago
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malia    

Where is his family? If he has one.

591 days ago
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Brian    

Omorosa probably blew in the wrong hole during CPR...

591 days ago
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DaveT    

Always liked Omarosa, most of her 'bitch' attitude was written out, scripted for the shows, when she wasn't reading script she was actually pretty balanced, not rude and aggressive, just honest and assertive, sad situation here for her with Michael, but at least she can rest assured that she put her full effort into caring about him and trying to help him, that's worth more than gold

591 days ago
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CLINT    

Such a sad end to a good life. RIP MCD.

591 days ago
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Jay    

Wow this is just so sad. Its amazing what a few minutes of no oxygen will do to the human body. If you are in ice cold water or conditions for whatever reason you can go longer without oxygen before getting brain damage.

RIP Michael.

591 days ago
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