Saturday, August 9, 2008
A GREAT COMIC IN HEAVEN: BERNIE MAC DIES
Family, friends and fans are shocked to learn of the recent death of actor/comedian Bernie Mac. Mac had died from complications from pneumonia in a Chicago hospital this morning.
Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital," his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles.
She said no other details were available and asked that his family's privacy be respected.
Mac, 50 had suffered fromThe comedian suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005.
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago as Benard Jeffrey Mc Cullough use to make up jokes as a way to avoid with living in poverty where he and his family ate bolonga for dinner, and though he was raised in a strict spritual home, his late mother believed in his talent, and knew that he would be a success in life.
"She believed in me long before I beleived" he wrote in his autobiography "Maybe You Can Never Cry Again."
It was then that he decided to pursue a career in entertainer, and he honed his skills by performing at many clubs, before landing roles in the films "Mo' Money" and "Get On The Bus." He also co-starred in the hit television show "Moesha" with singers Brandy and Sheryl Lee Ralph, but he hit the big time when he joined fellow comics Steve Harvey, Cedric The Entertainer and DL Hughley on the Kings of Comedy Tour, which was one of the biggest grossing tours of 2000.
Two years later he starred in his hit television series "The Bernie Mac Show" which was based on him and his wife raising his sister's three kids, which earned numerous Emmy Award nominations, What drew fans to Mac was his ability to speak his mind without any regrets and apologies in a way that made people think and laugh at the same time. Another aspect of his talent was him conducting himself like a man.
He also starred in "Head of State" with Chris Rock and Lynn Whitfield and the remake of the 1960's classic "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" where he played a father, who was shocked to learn that his daughter had plans to marry a white man. The movie topped the box office in 2005 as well as "Pride" where co-starred with Terrance Howard and Evan Ross.
While he was gaining success and weatlh, the entertainer had decided to retire from doing stand up to spend more time with his family and focus more on writing and producing movies and television. Mac has also completed two movies before his death, and he made a beief post retirment performance when he made a suprise appearance at a fund raiser for Barack Obama, and received a rebuke from the President't campaign team for his jokes about menopause, sexual infedlity, and for cursing, but Mac wasn't impressed. He always stayed trued to himself, and always gave a person a show.
"The majority of his core fan base will remember that when they paid their money to see Bernie Mac, he gave them their money's worth," Steve Harvey, one of his costars in "Original Kings," told CNN this morning.
There are no funeral or memorial plans at the present time.