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He went on to tell a story of a young Duncan on the South Side of Chicago who one day decided he would join a gang. When he came home and told his mother, she whacked him in the head with a frying pan _ a sizzling pork chop still inside _ and told him to extract himself from the gang immediately.

Hanks impersonated the 6-foot-5-inch, 300-pound, deep-voiced Duncan sheepishly explaining to his fellow gang members that his mom wouldn’t let him be in a gang.

“If it wasn’t for that mama and the frying pan with a pork chop, we would not be here today celebrating the life of Michael Clarke Duncan,” Hanks said.

Other speakers included actors David Boreanaz and Geoff Stults, and “Bones” creator Hart Hanson.

The Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks delivered the eulogy, closing by saying to Manigault: “Don’t fret, he’s in heaven.”

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AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy.