Just one week after Michael Clarke Duncan died, it has been concluded the cause of death was from respiratory failure, weeks after going into cardiac arrest.
According to the actor’s death certificate, respiratory failure is listed as the immediate cause of death. One of the underlying causes of Michael’s death was anoxic encephalopathy (severe lack of oxygen to the brain). As early reports state, Duncan’s organs were severely damaged in the minutes following his initial cardiac episode on July 13th, when the actor went without oxygen for five whole minutes.
Other causes include ventricular fibrillation (irregular quivering heartbeat), and acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). Organ nodules (sarcoidosis) were a contributing factor to Michael’s death.
Just two weeks after he went into cardiac arrest, Duncan received a tracheotomy to aid his breathing. MCD passed on September 3rd. He was just 54.