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Friends and Colleagues Mourn the Death of Bernie Mac

August 11, 2008 02:27:52 GMT

His wife and daughter were with him when he died in a Chicago-area hospital Saturday morning, August 9 at about 2 A.M. of complications from pneumonia.


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Hollywood mourns the death of Bernie Mac. The actor-comedian died in a Chicago-area hospital Saturday morning, August 9 at about 2 A.M. of complications from pneumonia, his publicist has confirmed. His wife Rhonda McCullough and daughter were with him until the very end of his life. He was 50.

Mac was hospitalized with pneumonia, which is not related to the autoimmune disorder called sarcoidosis he's been suffering since 20 years ago, early last week. His publicist previously told the press that despite reports to the contrary, the star "is responding well to treatment and will be released soon."

His daughter, Je'niece Childress, said the whole family hoped he would fully recover from the bout of pneumonia that put him in Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Unfortunately, he lost his battle to the disease.

Condolences quickly came from Mac's celebrity friends and colleagues soon as reports on his death hit the media. Actor pal George Clooney, who starred with him in the 2001 "Ocean's Eleven" and its two sequels, said "The world just got a little less funny. He will be missed dearly." Fellow "Ocean's" star Brad Pitt commented, "I lament the loss of a ferociously funny and hardcore family man. My thoughts are with Rhonda and their family. Bernie Mac, you are already missed."

Comic actor Chris Rock was the other celeb who mourned Mac's death, referring him as "one of the best and funniest comedians to ever live, but that was the second best thing he did. Bernie was one of the greatest friends a person could have. Losing him is like losing 12 people because he absolutely filled up any room he was in. I'm gonna miss the Mac Man."

Samuel L. Jackson, Mac's costar in the November 2008 comedy drama flick "Soul Men", commented "It goes without saying that Bernie was one of the preeminent comedians of our generation. He was also an attentive husband, a great father and loving grandfather. I feel blessed to have shared years of friendship with Bernie Mac and I'm honored to have finally costarred with him in what I consider to be his finest cinematic acting achievement. My sincere prayer is that his family will be comforted by the warmth of love from all of."

A public memorial is planned for next Saturday Aug. 16 at The House of Hope church in Chicago.

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posted by kimberly on Jun 28, 2009
bernie mac was my best comedian i miss him alot each time i see bernie mac i see laughter he was full of joy,happinest and everything good that u might think of bernie mac was the best and still is the best.Love and respct to his wife,daughter,freinds and family members
posted by ESABELLA on Nov 14, 2008
WITH ALL DO RESPECT BUT I LOVED BERNIE MAC HE WILL ALWAYS LIVE WITHIN MY HEART MY LUNGS I WOULD HAVE SPARED FOR YOU BERNIE I WOULD HAVE DONE IT ALL BUT I AM NOT GOD I KNOW I'LL SEE YOU SOON.
posted by jorja on Oct 30, 2008
I WILL MISS U!
posted by BRENDA BYRD-HALL on Aug 15, 2008
"AMERICA" WILL MISS YOU!BERNIE MAC
posted by BRENDA BYRD-HALL on Aug 15, 2008
"AMERICA" WILL MISS YOU BERNIE MAC
posted by Brown Sugar on Aug 13, 2008
To Mrs./Sis.(my sis. in Christ) Rhonda & Family, I've become a widow at the age of 43, my husband Joseph died unexpectly & sudden in our bedroom in the blinking of my eyes, it blew me completely away, he died 06/07 ten days after our 14th yr. anniversary, I can relate to you very well, he was my best friend, I've became the portrait of the foot prints in the sand, when my husband collapse I collapse right along with him, Jesus is carry me until I'm able to walk again, so my sister your hands is in the right person hands, when you are weak, you are strong in Christ, when our loves ones depart this world, that's the most biggest hurt we go through in life. My husband was my soul mate for 14yrs. Your husband was your soul mate for 30yrs, Wow that's a blessing right there! I can see how your marriage last because Bernie Mac had a lot of class about himself, he kept it real, never let fame & monies change him, what I really admire about him the most, is how he brought you(a sister) right along with him, now that's a real brother for u'r! So I can go on & on, my husband would always say when he hear about a long lasting marriage is what you and Bernie are jewels & a perfect pair. I will pray for you & your families & I ask you to pray for me as well. Your husband want you to carry the torch and stay strong, hopefully other mens can see the example Bernie has left, because it's a shortage in family men characteristic. If the Lord place on your heart to have an outreach ministry to minster to widows, single moms, etc. I would love to be a part of it I can be reach @(985)652-0679 or (504) 883-0252. Love Ya! Constance from LaPlace, Louisiana
posted by mizjay58 on Aug 13, 2008
Bernie will be greatly missed. To the family, may your faith in God substain you in your time of sorrow.
posted by joe jonas lover on Aug 11, 2008
its sad that he died.
posted by ArcticJunky on Aug 11, 2008
Rip..Funny man he was..He'll be missed.
posted by bernie mac on Aug 11, 2008
what a man will be sadly missed, in shock,greatest love and respect tohim always
posted by pecho on Aug 11, 2008
RIP..... You will be missed...

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