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London - A memorial service for Michael Clarke Duncan will take place on Monday.

The actor died of natural causes earlier this week, two months after suffering a myocardial infarction, and a private invitation-only memorial will be held next week.

The service will be led by famed preacher Bishop Charles Blake and Dr H. Beecher Hicks will be doing the eulogy.

A public viewing of Michael's casket is scheduled for Sunday at the Hall of Liberty in Forest Lawn, Los Angeles, between 9am and 2pm.

Since he passed away on Monday aged 54, many have rushed to pay tribute to Michael, and pass on their regards to his fiancee, Omarosa Manigault.

Tom Hanks, who starred alongside Michael in The Green Mile, said: “I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike. 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.”

Bruce Willis, who starred in four films alongside Michael, including The Whole Nine Yards and Sin City, said: “Michael Duncan was a great actor, a great human being, and he was my very dear friend. I will miss Big Mike in a Big Way.” - Bang Showbiz

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