Michael Clarke Duncan was laid to rest in Los Angeles Monday (Sept. 10). Tom Hanks, Jay Leno, Holly Robinson Peete and Ving Rhames were among the celebrities who helped celebrate his life during the nearly four-hour service, reports the AP.
Leno says in his memorial, “Just to see such a pure heart and pure kindness, and to see it taken so early. There are no sadder words than what might have been.”
Frank Darabont, director of “The Green Mile,” calls Duncan “the gentlest of souls” and also read a letter from author Stephen King.
“No one has ever done a character I wrote more justice,” says “The Green Mile” author.
Tom Hanks relayed a story of how a young Duncan growing up on the South Side of Chicago joined a gang, only to tell his mom and get a whack upside the head with a frying pan, then having to sheepishly tell the gang his mom wouldn’t let him.
Hanks also teased about Duncan’s penmanship, saying it is “loopy and huge” and “looks like a 12-year-old girl who loves horses wrote it.”
Reverend Dr. H. Beecher Hicks delivered the final eulogy, saying to Duncan’s fiance Omarosa Manigault, “Don’t fret, he’s in heaven.”