The same day Michael Clarke Duncan died from heart failure, a woman claiming to be his daughter came forward seeking money from his estate, according to media reports.
Marquea Ambrose, a 32-year-old Chicago resident, told Fox News Chicago Sept. 3 that the 54-year-old Duncan was her father, and that they hadn’t spoken to each other in 11 years.
“The only thing that really bothers me about him passing is that we didn’t fix ,” Ambrose said. “That’s the only thing that I hate. I hate it but it doesn’t bother me that I’m not mentioned.”
But according to RadarOnline.com, sources close to the late actor said the woman was a stranger to the family, who questioned the timing of her claim.
“Michael did date Marqay’s mother, but he believed he was not her father,” the unnamed source said. “He was in the hospital for 53 days, and she never once reached out or tried to talk to him then. 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 also condemned Ambrose for allegedly preying on the grieving family for financial gain.
“She seems very opportunistic to be making the calls now, especially to his 93-year-old mother on the day her son died. Why wouldn’t she have tried to visit him after he had his heart attack,” the source said. “Why didn’t she try and reach out to him while he was alive? It all seems like she just wants money and didn’t ever care about having a relationship with him.”
Duncan, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a gentle giant in “The Green Mile,” died less than two months after suffering a heart attack.
The actor’s publicist Joy Fehily told E! News that a public viewing of his casket will be held at the Hall of Liberty, located at the Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries in Hollywood Hills on Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A private, invitation-only service will be held the following day and will be led by Bishop Charles Blake, and the eulogy delivered by Dr. H. Beecher Hicks.