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Michael Clarke Duncan

Died from

Respiratory Failure

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

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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This was a good and decent man who died way too soon. It was impossible not to like him.

770 days ago


Such a good actor! He will be missed. Our daughter was in the hospital for over two weeks in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator due to sarcoidosis in her lungs. The same disease that contributed to the deaths of Duncan and Bernie Mack. Unfortunately, she also did not survive. We are having her funeral tomorrow. Love and miss you Beeker!

770 days ago

Phil De Labio    

He was a good actor and he will be missed very much

770 days ago

Chief Yeye    

Such a great actor. We will miss you dearly, may your soul rest in peace.

770 days ago


he will surly be missed, he was a great actor

770 days ago


So long my gentle Giant! You will always be alive in my mind - GREEN MILE!

770 days ago


There is no blame for anyone. When you love someone, CPR is very difficult to remember and do properly. Mr. Duncan was a wonderful actor and God gave us his talents for a short period of time. my condolences to his partner. He will be missed.

770 days ago


I was a huge fan and admired him, and he will be greatly missed. He was a unique personality with a voice that matched his character. God Bless Micheal and his family.

770 days ago


A wonderful actor gone but will never be forgotten. Michael Clarke Duncan you will be missed. May the doors to heaven be open. For all your family and friends find comfort in one another and my prayers are with you all.

770 days ago


Will miss this big guy! Great actor & fantastic voice - what a loss for all of us.

770 days ago


How tasteless of TMZ to put a picture of a respectable actor smilng and placing his death certificate in front of him..does that make you feel good TMZ? Anxious to watch TMZ lose their suit and get kicked off of the network.

770 days ago


RIP Michael, you will be missed!

770 days ago


MICHAEL DUNCAN I will so miss you. I first saw you in the Green mile. Wow , you were so great. I and so many Fans will remember you always. GOD BLESS YOU and your Family.

770 days ago


was a great actor he be very miss,may all our prays be with him

770 days ago

John Czerkies    

The Green Mile is one of my favorite movies and I enjoy watching it whenever it comes on. Michael was perfect in that part. But I would question how he bulked up for the movie. He had to put on a lot of weight, mostly muscle for the role. Could that have done any damage to his heart which he ultimately paid for?

770 days ago
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