Some two months after suffering a heart attack, the actor passed away at 54, sending colleagues and admirers into mourning.
"I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike," The Green Mile costar Tom Hanks said in a statement. "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."
Green Mile director Frank Darabont said the "sadness I feel is inexpressible."