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Celebrities gathered to bid their farewells to Michael Clarke Duncan, “the gentle giant” who died earlier this month after never recovering from a heart attack he suffered in July.
Along with Duncan's family, Tom Hanks, Jay Leno, Holly Robinson Peete, Lorette Divine and Stevie Wonder, as well as Duncan’s fiancée Omarosa Manigault Stallworth, were among guests to pay tribute to the late Green Mile actor, NY Daily News reports.
The four-hour-long, invitation-only memorial took place Monday at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Los Angeles. That day was declared “Michael Clarke Duncan Day" by the Los Angeles City Council.
Leno spoke of how the actor moved him saying, “Just to see such a pure heart and pure kindness, and to see it taken so early…There are no sadder words than what might have been."
Stephen King, writer of The Green Mile, sent a letter on behalf of the actor saying, “No one has ever done a character I wrote more justice.”
Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks closed the ceremonies by telling Omarosa, “Don’t fret, he’s in heaven.”