Vegetarian Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54.

16 Sep

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Vegetarian Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54

Michael Clarke Duncan, best known for his role as the kindhearted John Coffey in “The Green Mile,” died from a heart attack at the age of 54 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. According to the actor’s fiancé, “[Duncan] suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered.”

Born Dec. 10, 1957 in Chicago, Duncan and his sister were raised by his mother Jean Duncan, a single parent. Duncan studied communications and pursued his passion for acting at Alcorn State University but was forced to dropout to care for his mother after she became ill. Later, Duncan worked as a bodyguard and pursued acting roles getting his first real break in the movie “Armageddon.”

Michael Clarke Duncan’s death came as shock to those who knew him. The 6-foot-5-inch actor had become a vegetarian three years prior to improve his health. Having shed 35 pounds from his massive frame, Duncan credited vegetarianism with improving his health and making him feel better.

Duncan was so impressed with the results of his new diet, that he appeared in a PETA video promoting vegetarianism. “I cleared out my refrigerator, about $5,000 worth of meat,” stated Duncan, “I’m a lot healthier than I was when I was eating meat.” According to PETA, however, Duncan suffered from various illnesses attributed to a fatty diet before becoming a vegetarian.

According to the American Heart Association, vegetarian diets are lower in saturated fats and cholesterol, which is good news for the heart. A lower prevalence of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and even some types of cancer is associated with a meat-free diet. However, this doesn’t mean vegetarians are completely risk-free.

Just because a diet is vegetarian doesn’t mean it’s healthy. A vegetarian diet heavy in processed foods and lacking variety can lead to an assortment of health problems as well. Genetics also plays a significant role. Anyone with a family history of heart disease is at higher risk.

Tragically, a healthy diet and change of lifestyle didn’t prevent Duncan from suffering a heart attack in July. After spending a month in the intensive care unit, he was moved but remained hospitalized. On Sept. 3, Michael Clarke Duncan was pronounced dead.

Remembered as a kind man with an infectious smile who didn’t let success get to him, Michael Clarke Duncan has left behind millions of adoring fans and colleagues with nothing but praise for him.

Written By: Paige Taylor writes for A Forever Recovery to help people struggling with addiction.

Michael Clarke Duncan at the Warner Brothers L...

Michael Clarke Duncan at the Warner Brothers Lot in Burbank, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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One Response to “Vegetarian Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54.”

  1. David Brown September 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    “According to the American Heart Association, vegetarian diets are lower in saturated fats and cholesterol, which is good news for the heart. A lower prevalence of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and even some types of cancer is associated with a meat-free diet.”

    Sadly, the American Heart Association, the United States Department of Agriculture, and just abut every major health authority in the world have been taken in by the anti-saturated fat campaign; vigorously promoted, these past 60 years, by the edible oils industry. Any dietary approach that contains an excess of omega-6 industrial seed oils puts people at risk for all sorts of noncommunicable diseases. South African fitness researcher Dr. Timothy Noakes summarizes the problem neatly:

    “The evidence is tenuous for the related diet/heart hypothesis, which holds that a diet full of ‘artery-clogging saturated fat; causes an elevation of blood lipid concentrations, thus promoting coronary atherosclerosis and ultimately heart attack. I argue that the evidence is essentially non-existent. Opposing this is that coronary heart disease (CHD) is, like obesity and diabetes, an inflammatory disorder caused by abnormal carbohydrate metabolism in those eating a diet low in omega-3 polyunsaturated fats and high in trans fatty acids and omega-6 polyunsaturated fats.” http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/5627/4216

    Regarding saturated fats and trans fats, global obesity expert Barry Popkin mistakenly wrote, “Many other foods are certainly linked with poor health, perhaps none more than directly than saturated fat. While trans fats are the most pernicious of the saturated fats, all saturated fat is linked with adverse health effects.” (p 165-166 “The World is Fat” bt Barry Popkin, PhD, 2009.

    Trans fats are, by definition, either monounsaturated or polyunsaturated; never saturated. Prominent scientists should not be making errors of this sort. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2003-09-28/news/0309270148_1_overweight-or-obese-women-were-overweight-south-africa?pagewanted=all

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