Michael Clarke Duncan died days ago at the age of 54, in a Los Angeles hospital where he was recuperating after suffering a near fatal heart attack seven weeks ago. The Green Mile actor was engaged to reality star Omarosa Mangault Stallworth at the time of his death, and the couple planned to wed in January 2013.
Duncan was born in Chicago and raised alongside his sister Judy, by his single mother Jean Duncan, who worked as a house cleaner. The actor, dubbed by Hollywood as a “gentle giant,” never spoke publicly about having any children, but Chicago’s WFLD-TV recently conducted in interview with Maquea Amrbose, a 32-year-old woman living in Chicago, who claims to be the Academy Award nominee’s secret daughter.
She says that she hasn’t talked to her father in eleven years and regrets that they didn’t fix things between them before he passed away.
“The only thing that really bothers me about him passing is that we didn’t fix,” Ambrose said. “That’s the only thing that I hate. I hate it but it doesn’t bother me that I’m not mentioned.”
According to RadarOnline.com, Ambrose is now trying to extort the late actor’s estate for financial gain, allegedly telling the family that she “wants what’s mine.”
Sources close to Duncan revealed to RadarOnline.com that the family doesn’t know Ambrose and are questioning why she suddenly has come forward with these allegations.
“Michael did date Marquea’s mother, but he believed he was not her father,” a source said. “He was in the hospital for 53 days, and she never once reached out or tried to talk to him then. It was the day he died that she started calling his mother saying ‘I want what’s mine’ and trying to get money from her.”
Abrose has allegedly been bombarding Duncan’s 93-year-old mother with phone calls since he died Monday.
A public casket viewing of Duncan will be held at the Hall of Liberty, at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Los Angeles, this Sunday. A private service is scheduled for the following day.
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