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Grave of Michael Clarke Duncan vandalized by racists

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   May 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM   |   Comments

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May 24 (UPI) -- Michael Clarke Duncan died in September 2012, nearly two months after having a heart attack, according to the NY Daily News.

Duncan, known for his Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated role in "The Green Mile," was 54 when he died. Doctors said he never fully recovered from the heart attack.

A family friend was taking flowers to Duncan's grave when she came upon his headstone, which was spray-painted with racist graffiti.

Police are now investigating the vandalism as a hate crime, according to the Chicago Defender.

A picture of a cartoon black face was attached to the center of his headstone -- an offensive black stereotype known as a Sambo figure.

The family notified the cemetery, which removed the figure immediately. The Los Angeles Police Department determined that the defacement could be considered a hate crime and has begun an investigation.

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