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Family, Friends and Fans Gathered at Bernie Mac's Funeral

August 18, 2008 04:17:32 GMT

His memorial service, held Saturday, August 16 at The House of Hope church in Chicago, was a star-studded event as thousands of fellow celebs and fans gathered to give their last honor.


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The memorial service for the celebrated Bernie Mac was held Saturday, August 16 at The House of Hope church in Chicago. Thousands of mourners, including family, friends and fans, came out for the funeral, giving their last honor for the late actor-comedian, who died on August 9 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 50.

Seen attending the star-studded tribute among others were Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Harvey, and Cedric the Entertainer. Jackson, who co-stars with Mac in the upcoming comedy-drama movie "Soul Men," spoke at the church, remembering Mac as a strong and good-spirited person. He "was having some health issues, but he always said to me every morning that he was always good," Jackson said in a statement.

Fellow celebrities, Oprah Winfrey and Andy Garcia sent written condolences, so did Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Mac's favorite baseball team White Sox presented his widow Rhonda McCullough with a No. 1 jersey bearing his name.

The memorial service was kicked off shortly after noon and ended at about 4 P.M. The ceremony was filled with various music, including a tribute from Mac's favorite singer Rachelle Ferrell and an audio tribute to Mac and Isaac Hayes, a fellow actor who also died last weekend. Mac's family requests that donations be made to the Bernie Mac Foundation for Sarcoidosis, 40 E. Ninth St., Suite 601, Chicago IL 60605.

All details of Mac's memorial service and some photos taken from the event are on Chicagotribune.com.

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posted by German Shepard on Nov 17, 2009
My thoughts are with you Bernie and with your family i loved the kings of comedy but i hope you the best in the after life #1 best comidean
posted by merical on Jun 09, 2009
damn! bernie why you got to leave us like this ?when i watched the kings of comedy i couldnt stop laughing but now i cant stop crying.i love you ! even though i didnt really know you ,i felt like we have met a long time ago.its been almost a year and i still cant believe all of this.
posted by a1 on Oct 04, 2008
Bernie Mac You Made Me Laugh All The Time Loved Your Shows Rest In Peace Brother. And For The Family I Am So Sorry
posted by teety_gbs on Sep 11, 2008
am one of his big fans,i loved his work in the kings of comedy..may he rest in peace..he'l be greatlly missed!!
posted by big fan on Aug 27, 2008
its so sad to hear about this teagic death of bernie mac it made me cry i didnt kno him personally but it hurt so bad cuz i loved his comedys and movies thing is i just watch a movie lastnight with him and it.. calld the MR 3000.. " BACK IN THE GAME OUT OF THE LEAGUE... I LOVED THAT MOVIE... I JUS WANT TO TELL THE FAMILY OF BERNIE AM IN NASSAU BAHAMAS AND GOD WILL ALWAYS BE NEAR JUS PRAY AND KEEP FAITH IN HIM BERNIE WENT IN A BETTER PLAY GOD BLESS YALL .. FROM LISA... NASSAU BAHAMAS
posted by Jay Dog on Aug 25, 2008
RIP UNCLE
posted by SISTER TEA on Aug 23, 2008
THANK GOD FOR THE LIFE OF BERNIE MAC. HE MADE US LAUGH AND SIMLES. I PRAY BLESSINGS UPON HIS WIFE OF OVER 33 YEARS AND DAUGHTHER AND ENTIRE FAMILY.
posted by crazygirl383 on Aug 22, 2008
R.I.P BERNIE MAC WE REALLY LOVE YOUR SHOW AND FROM KINGS OF COMEDY... GOD BLESS YOU AND TO; THE Mcollgh family we will pray for you and your famliy...
posted by crazygirl383 on Aug 22, 2008
R.I.P Bernie Mac we love you!!! we loved your show very much... we will be prayng for the family.To the family,we pray that you are okay...our family,we wish you luck for bernie mac to come back home to your family... people loved him and so did we because he was loving,caring,and funny... god bless you guys...
posted by lil mama on Aug 21, 2008
your smile truely will be missed your love for people will truely be missed and this world will truely miss a great man who love to make people laugh
posted by JANDREWS on Aug 21, 2008
I really enjoyed The Bernie Mac show and The Kings of Comedy show he is a very good actor, and he tells the truth about raising little children. I was so hurt when they said he died I didn't want to believe it, I was hurt so I know how his family felt. We will miss you. (Love the Andrews Family)
posted by Roijac on Aug 21, 2008
My husband and I loved watching "The Bernie Mac Show." He was hilarious!!! We watched an episode yesterday about Jordan and the sin cup. We'll always remember, "Who ya with?," "You see that America," "Oh, Lord!!" I especially remember that saying from the tumble off the motorcycle. We laughed so much. We'll miss you Bernie. We luv ya!!!
posted by 123magic on Aug 19, 2008
My heart aches so bad. I will miss Bernie Mac. I really did appreciate who he was. "You see that America", goes through my mind daily. There could be no other. The world has lost a great man.
posted by #1Fan on Aug 19, 2008
My heart was heavy with grief to here of my favorite comedian death. I knew him as a man whom fullfield his purpose. He made many laugh and put a smile on people face. He always spoke of ordinary people through his comedy. May god continue to keep his family . He will forever always be "The King of Comedy" WE will miss you Mac.

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