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Farewell, Michael Clarke Duncan

Written by Michelle Kretzer | September 4, 2012

The world is remembering Michael Clarke Duncan as “the most gracious of a man,” “one of the finest people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with or know,” “the most gentle giant,” and a “treasure.”

The Oscar-nominated actor had a history of serious heart trouble, more complicated than diet alone could cure, which finally claimed his life on Labor Day. But he had a “heart” like no other—”Big Mike” cared about even the smallest of animals. We’re sure it was a sight to see him cuddling his beloved chinchilla, Chucky. When Chucky passed away, PETA sent Michael a condolence card, and he later told us that he kept that card in memory of his friend and out of love for the organization.

In the video he shot for PETA, he explained why he went vegetarian, and he described all his animal companions with his trademark warm smile:

Remembering the day she spent with Michael at the video shoot, PETA’s Michelle Cho said, “He was one of the happiest and most genuine and heartwarming people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I’m so grateful that he used his deep, soulful voice and that contagious smile to encourage people to care about animals.”

Perhaps Frank Darabont, Michael’s director in The Green Mile, summed up everyone’s sentiments best: “Michael was the gentlest of souls—an exemplar of decency, integrity, and kindness. The sadness I feel is inexpressible.”

Rest in peace, friend.

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  • oh Holland says:

    A good and gentle force, taken from us too soon. Bless Michael Clarke Duncan. Heartfelt sympathy to his fiancee Omarosa.

  • nicE says:

    RIP michael clarke duncan!! you were a true GENTLEman!! you will be very sadly missed by so many!! but im sure you will be supporting PETA from above!!long may you remain in peoples hearts!!xx

  • lindsay says:

    i am still shocked by the untimely passing of michael clarke duncan. not only was he a phenominal actor, he seemed like such a cool guy! you can totally see him light up when he talks about his pets! i am definently showing this video to my husband who is not only a fan of michael’s (green mile is his favorite movie) but is also a big meat eater. it’s funny because michael talks bout the very thing that my husband talks about which is how you supposedly need meat for protein. R.I.P. michael, you will definently be missed!

  • Paul Gale says:

    Michael Clarke Duncan truly was as great of a person in the real world as he was seen to be whenever on TV or the big screen.  I had the pleasure of meeting him on many occasions and each time we got in touch, he was always a blast to talk to.  Such a fun, easy going person, with a big laugh, and a great sense of warmth around him.  It’s ironic and highly comforting, knowing that for a man as physically big as he was and for being equally as big of a star in Hollywood, he was never in a rush or felt too big to speak with me.

    I really appreciated his friendship and even for him being supportive of writing my children’s book, “Lisek’s Great Adventure”, which was about a little dog getting taken in by a young boy and showing the bond the two had together.  My book just came out a month ago and I wish Michael could have seen the final product, because of his support in my project, his interest in it, and how much of an animal lover he was.

    It’s why I’m donating a copy of my book to PETA, in honor of Mr. Duncan, because he cared about his pets so much.  Cats, dogs, fish, and at one time his precious chinchilla…he loved them all.

    It’s so nice to see so many people write positive words about Michael and acknowledge how kind of a man he was.  It’s hard to offer consolation to his family and loved ones, but I sincerely hope that by them reading so many nice opinions about him, that it eases their sorrow to an extent.

    My condolences to those close to him, including Omarosa, who truly loved him up until the very end.  Thank you, Michael, for being a friend of mine and for always showing me that you made time for others.  Here’s to you, big guy.  Rest in piece.

    paulgalenetwork.com/…/michael-clarke-duncan-passed-away-today-paul-gale-network-thanks-you-for-all-of-the-memories-youll-be-missed

    Such a fun picture we took back in 2009

  • Melanie says:

    I am so sad to relise that Mr. Duncan has passed away. It seems that the good people of the world don’t stay with us very long and the bad ones seem to live forever. Heaven has a new angel now. RIP Michael Clarke Duncan. May you cuddle forever with Chucky now.

  • PENNY says:

    WE WILL MISS OUR GENTLE GIANT. THANKS FOR YOUR VOICE FOR PETA AND TAKING ACTION TO SHOW YOU WANTED OTHERS TO LEARN THE FACTS ALSO. ‘MEET YOU MEAT’IS A TERRIBLE REALITY MANY JUST DON’T KNOW. YOU DID THIS VIDEO CAUSE YOU LOVED ANIMALS. I’M SURE THAT’S NOT ALL YOU DID FOR ANIMALS EITHER AND I MEAN BESIDES YOUR OWN PETS. YOU WILL STILL BE THEIR STRONG VOICE AND NEVER FORGOTTEN. XOXOXO

  • Edwina says:

    I’m sad at the loss of such a great guy. It’s a sad day. I’m sorry that your heart attack wasn’t prevented butI’m glad you got the opportunity to show the world your love of animals and your amazing spirit.

  • Marina says:

    Thank you for paying tribute to Michael Clarke Duncan. He was a fine actor, a fine man, and a friend to animals. May he rest in peace.

  • Pia says:

    PETA, it was very classy of you to post this farewell. Mr. Duncan would have continued to be a great advocate for vegetarianism. Bless his soul and thank you .

  • Paulina says:

    goodbye Michael and thank you forever in our hearts

  • Turker Erdogan says:

    Goodbye friend

  • teresa says:

    GOD BLESS YOU! your family and your animals .You will be missed

  • Barbvara Wellauer says:

    there are so many cruel, disgusting morons on this earth. you are a shining light, you will be sorely missed. thankyou for being such a lovely, caring person. in God’s care, i hope to meet you on the other side and give you a big hug ♥

  • Aileen Mercado says:

    Thank you PETA you have opened my eyes.