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Michael Clarke Duncan

Died from

Respiratory Failure

9/10/2012 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Michael Clarke Duncan died from respiratory failure, weeks after going into cardiac arrest ... this according to the actor's death certificate.

According to the doc, obtained by TMZ, respiratory failure is listed as the immediate cause of death.

One of the underlying causes of Michael's death was anoxic encephalopathy (severe lack of oxygen to the brain). As we first reported, MCD's organs were severely damaged during the minutes following his initial cardiac episode on July 13th, when the actor went without oxygen for five whole minutes.

Other underlying causes include ventricular fibrillation (irregular quivering heartbeat), and acute myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Organ nodules (sarcoidosis) were a contributing factor to MCD's death. 

Two weeks after he went into cardiac arrest, MCD also received a tracheotomy, presumably to aid in breathing.

MCD passed on September 3rd. He was 54.

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Proud2bBlack    

TMZ! We didn't need to see that. Why do you people continue to comment on the deceased? Let family & friends mourn in peace now that he is laid to rest. Please

716 days ago
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ken    

ANOXIC BRAIN INJURY happens when somebody's does not get oxygen to the brain which says that when Omarosa was doing CPR she did not do it right...she sould of done chest compressions not mouth to mouth. The AMA says it is all about getting the blood circulating...100 compressions in a minutes...doubt if she did this...even with a heart beat it was probably to late because this woman does not know basic CPR

716 days ago
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shanice    

THIS is why people should always have a DNR on hand .. everyone wants to save their loved one, but sometimes, letting them go is the best.
Weighing the cir***stances, his body would have went through hell over the months to come if he survived with pneumonia, organ failure, possible stroke, more heart attacks, clotting.
It's sad he passed, but what a wonderful legacy he leaves behind.

716 days ago
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Pamela    

Harvey you used to have some integrity, what happened?

716 days ago
5.

Jay W.     

Thanks for the Entertainment Big Guy! RIP

716 days ago
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david 183    

TMI TMZ..

716 days ago
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Bridget    

"Green Mile" is on Amc right now. Such a good movie. RIP MIchael

716 days ago
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FlaFlaFlooieMamaMonkeyTaTaToothyToY'all    

He had a terminal parasite attached to his bank account.

716 days ago
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Oh A 💛💋    

I feel bad for his family , I know people die everyday but it's still sad to hear about someone death ....

716 days ago
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craig    

I only post to make fun of punk ass soft celebs and the softer weak minded that jock the mushroom tips but I have to say that we lost a good one...always made a huge presence every place he went but yet was so humble...RIP big man

716 days ago
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Tracker    

test

716 days ago
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w    

MCD's smile can lighten a entire room, look at that picture, every time I see a picture of Michael Clark Duncan that smile always warms my heart. Wow what a beautiful man.

716 days ago
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myopinion    

I am wondering did he have children?

716 days ago
14.

shane mcmillan    

he was a very good actor, i really liked him in the green mile and daredevil.

716 days ago
15.

Slomoshun    

Crack journalism we got here.

716 days ago
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