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Funeral Plans Set For Actor Michael Clarke Duncan

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A public viewing will be held Sunday for Oscar-nominated actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who died over the weekend from complications of a heart attack he suffered in July.

Duncan, 54, died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized since having a heart attack on July 13.

A public viewing of Duncan’s casket will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, according to Duncan’s publicist, Joy Fehily.

A private funeral service will be held Monday, with the Rev. Charles Blake presiding. Rev. H. Beecher Hicks of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., will give the eulogy.

At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Duncan was best known for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of a death-row inmate with mysterious healing powers in “The Green Mile.” His film credits also include films such as “Armageddon,” “Sin City” and “The Scorpion King.

Duncan’s deep, commanding voice can also be heard in the animated film “Kung Fu Panda” and the animated series “Spider-Man.”

Before starting his acting career, Duncan served as a bodyguard for rappers Will Smith, LL Cool J and The Notorious B.I.G. and actors Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx. Duncan then turned to acting in 1995, when he was in his 30s.

Duncan was engaged to reality TV star turned minister, Omarosa Manigault.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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