If the turnout at Michael Clarke Duncan's memorial service on Monday was a good indicator, the giant actor was one of the most beloved figures in Hollywood.
The 54-year-old was laid to rest Monday in a Hollywood cemetery, with much of Hollywood there, according to E! Online. Tom Hanks and Jay Leno, both looking somber, were in attendance, as was Duncan's tearful fiancee Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth. Vivica A. Fox, David Boreanaz and Holly Robinson Peete also attended.
Stevie Wonder appeared via video playing piano and singing the opening verses of "As" for Duncan, whom many of his friends referred to as a "gentle giant."
"Just to see such a pure heart and pure kindness, and to see it taken so early," an emotional Leno told the assembled mourners. "There are no sadder words than 'what might have been.'"
The "Green Mile" star died Sept. 3, weeks after suffering a heart attack July 13. His death certificate lists respiratory failure as the cause of death.
The 6-foot-5-inch, 300-pound starred in a number of high-profile films, including "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Planet of the Apes," "Armageddon" and "The Whole Nine Yards."
"Green Mile" director Frank Darabont said "no one had a more positive spirit" than Duncan. He also read a letter from Stephen King, in which the "Green Mile" author wrote that no actor "has ever done a character I wrote more justice."
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