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Wife Devastated Over Bernie Mac's Death, Sustaining in Her Faith in God

August 11, 2008 03:32:15 GMT

His sister in-law told People his wife Rhonda was devastated over his death, but is "at peace about his transition because of her faith in God. Her faith is what is sustaining her."


Bernie Mac, Rhonda McCullough
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Friends and colleagues have offered their condolences for Bernie Mac's family following his death due to complications from pneumonia Saturday morning, August 9. As word spreads, tributes keep pouring in, his sister-in-law Mary Ann Grossett has a personal and touching interview with People, revealing his wife's reaction to his death.

To the magazine she revealed Saturday that her younger sister Rhonda McCullough was by Mac's side when he died. Their daughter Je'Niece was also there. Grossett went on revealing, that Rhonda was devastated. "However, she's at peace about his transition because of her faith in God. Her faith is what is sustaining her," so she said.

Having been together with Mac for 30 years, Rhonda started dating him when he had yet become a famous celebrity. "When they started dating, he said, 'Girl, you better come on board this train, because I'm going to be rich.' And her response was, 'Okay,' and they were married. That's how he charmed her, with his sense of humor," Grossett stated recalling the couple's early years. She added, "When they got married they were kids. He was 20 and she was 19. They both grew up together, and they both matured in this marriage."

Concerning their longtime union as husband and wife, which Grossett claimed as "unprecedented in today's time, particularly for celebrities," it brings joy to Rhonda. "They loved each other and respected each other on a daily basis. She was by his side to the very end," she said, adding that "What she will treasure the most is the fact that she was his wife for 30 years - and not only was she his wife, but she was his best friend. She's going to miss him dearly."

With a public memorial is planned for next Saturday Aug. 16 at The House of Hope church in Chicago, Mac's family requests that donations be made to the Bernie Mac Foundation for Sarcoidosis, 40 E. Ninth St., Suite 601, Chicago IL 60605.

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posted by ginlove55 on Aug 24, 2011
Mr Mac is trully missed,I remember once being seriously sick, and could hardly hold my head up I managed to look up and Bernie Mac's show was on he said something funny to one of the kids and I laughed so hard,through all that sickness,Mr Mac was trully an intelligent and wise man. only an angel could make a drastically sick person laugh, thank God for giving us Mr Mac for the short time we had him.God bless his family for sharing him with us, thank you.
posted by Angel7170 on May 02, 2010
Bernie was the best comedian ever and he rests in peace. I was sad and shocked. Bernie, you will always be to us as the legendary king of comedy. RIP Bernard McCouglugh. Aka Bernie Mac. I still watch his old show Bernie Mac Show on My Network TV! At that day after his death they did a tribute to him at the end of the show. With a picture of him. saying his birth date and death. Bernie is now in Heaven`s arms now. He is released from his pain. We miss you a lot. Remember this old saying “Who you with??????????'
posted by blak man on Aug 17, 2008
i miss u uncle bernie, thanks for the laughs that you gave us in San-Diego!!
posted by Pastor Kathy Settles on Aug 15, 2008
I pray that Bernie received the salvation and reward that only Christ can bring. Rhonda saw that he was tired of this illness when he shrugged his shoulders. Life can be a strain, a pain and a test but with The Lord Jesus Christ we will pass it if we hold to God's unchanging hand. He never fails and He still has great plans and purpose for you and your daughter and all that are left behind here. God does love you and He will help you and even turn something good from this whole ordeal. You are loved! God bless you always...
posted by SAMANTHA on Aug 12, 2008
THIS WAS A GREAT MAN THAT WE ALL WILL MISS, TO THE FAMILY PLEASE STAY STROING IN THE LORD BECAUSE HE WILL GIVE YOU STRENGTH, I KNOW THAT BVERNIE IS IN HEAVEN TELLING GOD NEW JOKES. LOVE YA'LL AND GOD BLESS! SAMANTHA, TALLAHASSEE, FL
posted by BOLOMOPE on Aug 11, 2008
MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY EVEN AT THIS TIME OF SORROW,WE DON'T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND WHY TRADEGY COMES INTO OUR LIVES BUT REMEMBER THAT ,THAT THINGS HAPPEN IN OUR LIVES TO STRENGTH OUR FAITH IN GOD FOR HE MAKES KNOW MISTAKES. I TRULY WILL MISS MR. MAC, HE BROUGHT ALOT OF SUNSHINE INTO MY LIFE- I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH HIS MEMORY AND PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY BE STRONG, YOU KNOW HE WOULD WANT THAT. GOD BLESS
posted by Constance from LaPla on Aug 11, 2008
To Mrs./Sis.(my sis. in Christ) Rhonda & Family, I've become a widow at the age of 43, my husband Joe 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 keep 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!

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