Michael Clarke Duncan Cause of Death: Respiratory Failure

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According to the official death certificate for Michael Clarke Duncan, the 54-year old actor passed away one week ago from respiratory failure.

Obtained by TMZ, the document confirms the initial belief that Duncan suffered anoxic encephalopathy (severe lack of oxygen to the brain) in the aftermath of his July 13 heart attack, during which he was revived through CPR by fiancee Omarosa Manigaul.

Duncan's organs were severely - permanently, as it turned out - damaged by the episode.

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Other underlying causes for this tragedy were listed as: ventricular fibrillation (irregular quivering heartbeat), acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and organ nodules (sarcoidosis).

Duncan was laid to rest this afternoon at Forest Lawn cemetery in Hollywood. The ceremony was attended by such stars as Tom Hanks, Kimberly Elise, Holly Robinson Peete, Bill Duke, Diane Ladd and Vivica A. Fox.

Our thoughts continue to go out to his loved ones.