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Michael Clarke Duncan's fiancée has spoken to the media just hours after the Oscar-nominated actor passed away.
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, a reality star and former contestant on The Apprentice, told Radar Online that she was "devastated" and that Duncan "was the love of my life."
Manigault-Stallworth had earlier been spotted on her way through Los Angeles airport, in tears.
Duncan died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack he suffered on 13 July. Manigault had reportedly tried to save Duncan's life by performing CPR on him at the time of the heart attack but he never fully recovered.
According to a statement released by publicist Joy Fehily, Manigault said he "suffered a myocardial infarction on 13 July and never fully recovered.
"[Omarosa] is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date," she added.
The couple had been dating since 2010 and were secretly engaged, with a wedding set for January, according to TMZ.
Celebrities Pay Tribute to Star
Friends and fellow actors were quick to express their condolences in the wake of Duncan's death.
"He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of The Green Mile. He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned," Tom Hanks said.
"Prayers for Michael Clarke Duncan and Omarosa, this is deeply saddening," hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons tweeted.
"I'm devastated at the loss of Michael Clarke Duncan," the Green Mile director Frank Darabont said, "one of the finest people I've ever had the privilege to work with or know. Michael was the gentlest of souls - an exemplar of decency, integrity, and kindness. The sadness I feel is inexpressible."
Duncan's role in the Green Mile brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor.
"RIP Michael Clarke Duncan," singer Jordin Sparks wrote, "Thank you for being so kind to me & for sharing your talent with the world. You will be truly missed."
"Life is so precious. A talented brother and a kind spirit. RIP Michael Clarke Duncan," actor Dule Hill posted on twitter.
"One of the nicest & most professional guys I've had the pleasure of knowing. So sad..." presenter Mario Lopez tweeted.