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By United Press International   |   Sept. 4, 2012 at 4:00 AM

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MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN: Michael Clarke Duncan's fiancee, Omarosa Manigault, said the actor died Monday in a Los Angeles hospital, nearly two months after suffering a heart attack.

The bodyguard-turned-film-star was 54. His credits include "The Green Mile," "Armageddon," "The Whole Nine Yards," "Brother Bear" and "Sin City."

"Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time," a representative for reality TV personality Manigault said in a statement People.com. "Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."

"I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike," People.com quoted Tom Hanks, Duncan's "Green Mile" co-star, as saying Monday. "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, who was 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, went into full cardiac arrest July 13, but was revived when Manigault performed CPR on him and transported him to a hospital where he was treated until Monday when he died.

The exact cause of his death was not immediately reported.


MARK ABRAHAMIAN: Mark Abrahamian, a guitarist for Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, died after a show in Nebraska, the rock band said Monday on Twitter.

The musician, who had played with Starship since 2000, was 46 when he died Sunday. He also performed with the rock bands Survivor, Toto, Loverboy and AC/DC.

"We are shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of our guitar player, Mark Abrahamian. We will miss you, brother," the band tweeted Monday. "Rest in peace, Mark."

UsMagazine.com said no other details regarding Abrahamian's death have been released.

Starship's planned concert in Orem, Utah, Monday was canceled.


BOBBY BROWN: Bobby Brown's wife and manager, Alicia Etheridge-Brown, suffered a diabetes-related seizure in Florida during the weekend, People.com reported.

Etheridge was diagnosed with the disease in 2009. She was hospitalized after suffering a seizure in a Kissimmee, Fla., hotel room.

People.com said there has been no update on her condition since Brown confirmed via Twitter his wife's hospitalization Saturday.

"The report that my wife was rushed to the hospital is true," Brown tweeted. "She is recovering and is in good spirits and doing well. Please keep my family in your prayers."

Brown was scheduled to perform with New Edition show at the Gaylord Palms Resort, but canceled so he could be with his spouse.

Brown's career has been on an upswing lately, but his personal life has been rocky. His ex-wife, singer Whitney Houston, accidentally drowned in a hotel bathtub last February after using cocaine. She was 48. Soon after she was buried, Brown -- a recovering drug addict and alcoholic -- was arrested for driving under the influence and ordered to check into rehab as part of a plea deal.

Brown married Etheridge-Brown in June.


ELISHA CUTHBERT: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert, during the weekend, People.com said.

No other details regarding the proposal or whether the pair has set a wedding date were immediately reported.

The couple has been dating since 2008.

Cuthbert is best known for her work on TV's "Happy Endings" and "24."

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