A 32-year-old woman from Chicago is claiming to be the estranged daughter of the actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who died on Monday of complications from a heart attack he suffered on July 13th.
Marquea Ambrose is speaking out about the Academy Award-nominated Duncan, according to ABC News, saying that she and her father hadn’t spoken in 11 years at the time of his death.
“The only thing that really bothers me about him passing is that we didn’t fix it,” Ambrose told Chicago’s Fox WFLD-TV. ““That’s the only thing that I hate. I hate it, but it doesn’t bother me that I’m not mentioned.”
However, sources close to the Duncan say that the family didn’t know of Ambrose and hadn’t heard from her until after Duncan had died. They are now questioning why she chose this moment to come forward, according to Radar Online.
“It was the day he died that she started calling his mother saying ‘I want what’s mine’ and trying to get money from her,” the source said. ““She seems very opportunistic to be making the calls now, especially to his 93-year-old mother on the day her son died. . . It all seems like she just wants money and didn’t ever care about having a relationship with him.”
Ambrose has allegedly been bombarding Duncan’s 93-year-old mother with phone calls since he died Monday, says thegrio.com.
“Michael did date Marquea’s mother, but he believed he was not her father,” a source close to the late actor said. “He was in the hospital for 53 days, and she never once reached out or tried to talk to him then.”
Duncan was perhaps best known for his role as John Coffey in “The Green Mile,” and most recently starred in the since-cancelled Fox “Bones” spinoff “The Finder.”
A public casket viewing and a private service for the late actor have been scheduled. A representative told E! News that the public viewing will be held at the Hall of Liberty, at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Los Angeles, this Sunday. A private service will be held the following day.
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