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Omarosa speaks out about brother Jack Manigault's shooting death

October 12, 2011 |  9:51 am

Omarosa Manigault and Michael Clarke Duncan

Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth -- better known in reality TV simply as Omarosa -- has issued a statement on the shooting death of her brother, Jack Manigault.

Jack Manigault, 40, was caught up in a lovers' quarrel, Ohio police said, and was killed when his girlfriend's ex shot him Sunday in the bedroom where Manigault and the woman were sleeping.

"Manigault was home with his 34-year-old girlfriend when the woman’s former boyfriend, 22-year-old Marco Cardenas, forced his way into the house past two juveniles and entered a bedroom where Manigault and the woman were sleeping,"  the Youngstown Vindicator said, citing police reports. "Several shots were fired, and Manigault ran from the room and collapsed with a gunshot wound to the head."

Omarosa, pictured above not with her brother but with actor Michael Clarke Duncan, said Monday in a statement, "We thank everyone for their amazing outpouring of support surrounding the tragic death of my brother Jack. Right now it is an extremely difficult time and we ask that you allow family privacy to grieve and make all necessary arrangements."

Manigault had a history of legal troubles, including a prison sentence for aggravated assault and arrests on weapons and drug possession charges. But Omarosa said in her statement that Manigault had "turned his life around."

"My brother was so special to us! We loved him unconditionally. And we were so proud of him when he turned his life around and gave his life to God two years ago."

Omarosa hit the reality-TV big time in 2004 on the first season of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice," returning for "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2008, having earned said celebrity on an abundance of reality and chat shows in between and up to the present.


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Photo: Omarosa Manigualt-Stallworth and Michael Clarke Duncan of "The Finder" attend a party for Emmy nominees on Sept. 18. Credit: Christopher Polk / Fox