Duncan's life celebrated in images, song, speeches

Duncan's life celebrated in images, song, speeches

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CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 26: Actor Michael Clarke Duncan attends a star-studded party hosted by Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution at the Fox Lot on May 26, 2011 in Century City, California. The party marks the culmination of Fox's week-long LA Screenings events. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Twentieth Century Fox Television)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 11 at 12:59 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Hanks, Jay Leno, Holly Robinson Peete and Loretta Devine are among those who helped celebrate the life of Michael Clarke Duncan at a memorial service.

The nearly four-hour service was marked by heartfelt speeches, rousing gospel performances and photos of the always-smiling star.

Duncan was 54 when he died Sept. 3, having never fully recovered from a heart attack in July. His physician was among the speakers at Monday's service at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Los Angeles.

Singers Angie Stone, Kelly Price and Abraham McDonald lent their voices to the private funeral.

Duncan's fiancee, the Rev. Omarosa O. Manigault, called Duncan "my best friend." The two had planned to wed in December.

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