Hanks saddened by death of 'Green Mile' co-star

Posted at 09/04/12 12:46 PM

Actor Tom Hanks is “terribly saddened” by the death of his "Green Mile" co-star Michael Clarke Duncan, who passed away suddenly in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 54 on Monday.

Hanks was one of the many stars who rushed to pay tribute to the actor.

He said: "I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike. He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of 'The Green Mile.’ He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned."

Duncan’s death comes just two months after he suffered a heart attack and many of his fellow celebrities have taken to twitter to praise him and mourn his passing.

Rosario Dawson wrote: “Oh no! Michael Clark Duncan was such a lovely sweetheart! Too young!” while Octavia Spencer added: “RIP Michael Clarke Duncan!”

Olivia Munn shared her personal memories of the actor, writing: “Michael Clarke Duncan always had a smile on his face and a big bear hug ready for you. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. RIP.”

Duncan, who had worked as a bodyguard for celebrities including Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J and Notorious B.I.G before finding fame, recently starred in "Bones" spin-off TV show "The Finder."

"Bones" actor David Boreanaz also took to Twitter to
remember his friend. He wrote: “R.I.P. my friend MCD. I will miss you.”

Former "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks praised Duncan for his kindness, writing “RIP Michael Clarke Duncan. Thank you for being so kind to me & for sharing your talent with the world. You will be truly missed.”

Meanwhile, Sherri Shepherd reached out to the actor’s fiancee Omarosa Manigault.

She wrote: “My heart and prayers go out to you Omarosa … I remember you telling me how happy you and Michael Clarke Duncan were – so sorry.” -- Bang Showbiz