The actor passed away suddenly in a Los Angeles hospital earlier yesterday (03.09.12), two months after suffering a heart attack.
The 54-year-old star was best known for his role as John Coffey in `The Green Mile` - for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor - but he also appeared in a long list of Hollywood blockbusters, including `The Who le Nine Yards`, `Daredevil`, `Armageddon`, `Sin City` and `Green Lantern`. Publicist Joy Fehily released a statement from Michael`s fiancee, Reverend Omarosa Manigault - who was with him at the hospital, where he was receiving ongoing treatment following his heart attack - confirming the sad news.
It said: "Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."
Before getting his break in Hollywood, Michael - who was two metres tall and weighed 300lbs - had worked as a bodyguard for celebrities including Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and Notorious B.I.G.