Duncan—who died on Sept. 3 as a result of the heart attack he suffered on July 13—is allegedly being targeted posthumously by a Chicago woman (name purposely omitted), someone close to the investigation told us.
The 54-year-old Oscar nominee’s “family and business offices” have been contacted “numerous times” by the culprit, who claims to be “Michael’s daughter.”
During one particular call, said woman allegedly declared “if she didn’t get what she wanted, she’d go to the press,” said our source.
“This woman surfaced many years ago and Michael took a D.N.A. test to prove that he was not her father. Now after hearing of his death, she keeps calling his family and business offices in an attempt to get money,” the source revealed.
Said woman, who has been quoted by a major local Chicago media outlet forwarding her claim of paternity and identified as his “daughter,” allegedly told a member of Duncan’s team: “I can blow this thing up if I don’t get what I want.”
She is also receiving condolences on the passing of her “father” on her Facebook page.
AlwaysAList.com is told that Duncan’s lawyers have documented all of the correspondences with said woman and have turned the information over to the Los Angeles Police Department. Chicago authorities are also looking into the matter.
“Michael was a beloved man and had a great reputation when he died,” offered our source. “This woman is now vowing to embarrass him and portray him as deadbeat dad in an attempt to shake down his estate for money.”
Duncan did not have any children when he died, but according to our source, “The Green Mile” star was hoping to start a family with his fiancée, reality TV star Omarosa Manigault after their wedding early next year.
AlwaysAList.com contacted the LAPD about the investigation. They replied: “unable to confirm this.”