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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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BECKER    

TMI Who the hell does TMZ and the monkeys that write the stories think they are. A man dies and you decide to post all of the confidential information on your site. Poor taste and a poor excuse for Journalism

689 days ago
32.

ShrinkWrap    

The good ones always die and the Kardashians, Snookies and Gagas are still alive and kicking. WTF?

689 days ago
33.

BECKER    

@Tony #30 You seem to have a very hard edge and a really bad attitude. How can you be so cold as to go on and on about thie man that you didn't even know.
were you abandoned or abused when you were a child?

689 days ago
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dierdre    

I realize we all have to die, but honestly i cannot believe how many people i have read, Stars, etc, since the beginning of this year that have passed away. This is unbelievable. It seems like every time i turn on my computer, there is yet another death. My prayers go out to Mr. Duncans family. May he RIP. He was a great actor, and a great man.

689 days ago
35.

Uh    

Are you kidding? Seems none of you Einsteins can differentiate between the real woman and the actress. All that caca on the Trump show was totally scripted and choreographed. It was all designed to make Donald appear to be "fair". Donald loved her presentation and kept her on his show as long as possible. Other shows soon made offers as long as she would play the "bad" part. She did it as long as she could, using the money it brought in for extensive charity work.

689 days ago
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jpm4444    

With all the nutcase self absorbed celebs, it's heartbreaking to lose a good man like this.

God speed big man

689 days ago
37.

Big D    

RIP Big Mike

689 days ago
38.

ali    

MCD was my neighbor, a very kind man and animal lover. I kept looking for him but he never came home after his heart attack. I'm very sad.

689 days ago
39.

rob    

As a ER nurse with more than 10 years of experience, CPR alone will not typically restart the heart and bring someone back to life. AED or Automated External Defibrillator is what can restart a heart. Yes it's possible to start a heart with CPR but highly unlikely. All CPR does is by time. This is one of the biggest misconceptions I always see in cases like this

689 days ago
40.

me    

RIP Michael Clarke Duncan

689 days ago
41.

John    

RIP... he always had a smile on his face and always seemed very happy...

I really feel bad for Omarosa.. doing cpr on a big guy like that is not easy and now this..

I don't know what is keeping her going.

689 days ago
42.

Em    

It's sad to say, but these big guys always die young. Their organs just can't keep up.

RIP

689 days ago
43.

janet    

Manigualt, there was never any secret engagement. Duncan died, you're out buying wigs or whatever, yet your mom was there to make it look good.


guessing she is expecting money. The ever popular so called planned engagement and wedding.no.

689 days ago
44.

Carl    

That may be one of your stupider headlines TMZ.

689 days ago
45.

me2010    

His smile was always so positively infectious!

689 days ago
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