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It’s a rare celebrity nowadays that can rest in peace.

Just three days after actor Michael Clarke Duncan passed away, a woman has come forward claiming she is the Academy Award nominee’s secret daughter.

His family isn’t buying it though.

According to, the 32-year-old woman’s name is Marqay Ambrose and she says she hasn’t talked to her 54-year-old father in at least eleven years and knows he has never said anything publicly about having a daughter. “The only thing that really bothers me about him passing,” she told Chicago’s WFLD-TV, “is that we didn’t fix it. That’s the only thing that I hate. I hate it, but it doesn’t bother me that I’m not mentioned.

Michael’s family believes this woman is only trying to extort his estate for financial gain, saying she told them she wants “what’s mine.”

Sources close to Duncan told that the family doesn’t know this woman and are questioning why she came forward after he died.

“Michael did date Marqay’s mother, but he believed he was not her father,” a source close to the late actor told “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 said Michael’s relatives are shocked that this woman is making these claims after his death.

“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? 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.”

Radar reached out to Marqay Ambrose who denied trying to extort money from the family.

Unfortunately, you can’t put a secret love child past anybody these days, but the timing of this admission is suspect. On one hand, the family saying they didn’t know about her doesn’t mean she isn’t his daughter. On the other hand, the fact that she is coming forward now as opposed to when he almost died back in July is odd. Where is her mother? Maybe she is the one who told her daughter that Michael is her father. There are ways to prove paternity even after the alleged father is deceased — especially considering he isn’t in the ground yet.  If Marquay is in fact the actor’s daughter then she stands to inherit at least some of his reported $18 million dollar net worth.

Michael is survived by his mother Jean, his sister Judith, and his fiancee, actress Omarosa Manigault who says she is devastated by his death and that he was love of her life. The family is holding a funeral service for him on Sunday.

What do you think of this story? Do you think she is just trying to get money? Do you think the mom and sister are only pretending not to know that’s his daughter?

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