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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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Deborah    

Omarosa, So sorry for your losses. Praying for you and remember Michael loved you. Find your strength in that. God Bless.

690 days ago
62.

Deborah    

So very sorry to hear this news. I loved this actor, he was great in all his movies. The world lost a great one when we lost Michael. God's blessings to all you left behind. RIP my friend.

690 days ago
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JimmydeansausageCo.    

Rest his soul, will be missed.

But Omarosa? YIKES!

690 days ago
64.

AustinSchartau    

Rest In Peace Michael!

690 days ago
65.

Wayne E. Barrett    

Never done this before, but enjoyed his talent a lot, so I thought I would like to say how work was always enjoyable. Would watch anything he was a part of.

690 days ago
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dd    

Oh and I thought she was such a HERO.......

690 days ago
67.

Harry    

RIP Big man You will be missed.Thanks for all the joy you gave us and the laughs you brought to our lives.

690 days ago
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nhisgrace    

loved that smile... rest...michael clark duncan.

690 days ago
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Raejean    

This is just incredibly sad and I'm sure Omarosa is crushed to think it's all been for naught and hating on herself because she didn't "save" him. If she loved him and he loved her, that reality show act was just that, and I hope she will come to some kind of peace, knowing she did all she could to prevent his untimely passing.

690 days ago
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rhonda    

My prayer's and blessing's go out to you friend's and family. I know what you are going through.

I lost my 21 year old son "TY" on friday : July 13, 2012.

my prayer's. to you.....

690 days ago
71.

Miriam L. Wright    

NOT SO FAST OMOROSA!! YOU ARE NOT HIS WIFE AND THOSE ARRANGEMENTS ARE NOT FOR YOU TO MAKE!!! SLOW YOUR ROLL!

690 days ago
72.

opinion    

Where is MCD'S family

690 days ago
73.

Rosie    

I was very sad to hear about Duncan. He seemed like he was a gentle giant. My condolences to his mom and family/

690 days ago
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PAUL CASONE     

WE ALL MISS HIM ON TV ALL THE SHOWS AND MOVES HE WAS IN HE WAS THE BEST

690 days ago
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christy    

wow. this has made me see how small i really am. i comment on this board about silly, mindless, crap, and apparently dont even give a crap about so called celebs death, UNTIL now. for whatever reason, i REALLY liked this guy, and jeeze, how he died, how young, and how just freaking terrible, it boggles my mind. Dude, omg, i will miss u so much. 2 ur family and friends, sooo very much sorrow and prayers coming from me 2 u,

690 days ago
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