Breaking-Bernie Mac Dies

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DCRage
8/9/08 9:58:04AM
Sad but true-actor/comedian Bernic Mac has died.

CHICAGO - Bernie Mac, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor and comedian who worked his way to Hollywood success from an impoverished upbringing on Chicago's South Side, died Saturday at age 50.

"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.

The 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. He recently was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia, which his publicist said was not related to the disease.

Recently, Mac's brand of comedy caught him flack when he was heckled during a surprise appearance at a July fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate and fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama.

Toward the end of a 10-minute standup routine, Mac joked about menopause, sexual infidelity and promiscuity, and used occasional crude language. The performance earned him a rebuke from Obama's campaign.

But despite controversy or difficulties, in his words, Mac was always a performer.

"Wherever I am, I have to play," he said in 2002. "I have to put on a good show."

Mac started his comedy career at age 8, with a standup performance at a church dinner. In 1977, at age 20, he took that act to comedy clubs in Chicago.

His film career started with a small role as a club doorman in the Damon Wayans movie "Mo' Money" in 1992. Mac went on to star in the "Ocean's Eleven" franchise with Brad Pitt and George Clooney and his turn with Ashton Kutcher in 2005's "Guess Who?" — a remake of the Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn 1967 classic "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" — topped the box office.

Mac also had starring roles in "Bad Santa," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" and "Transformers."

The comedian drew critical and popular acclaim with his Fox television series "The Bernie Mac Show," which aired more than 100 episodes from 2001 to 2006.

The series about a man's adventures raising his sister's three children, won a Peabody Award in 2002. At the time, judges wrote they chose the sitcom for transcending "race and class while lifting viewers with laughter, compassion — and cool."

The show garnered Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Mac. He also was nominated for a Grammy award for best comedy album in 2001 along with his "The Original Kings of Comedy" co-stars, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric The Entertainer.

In 2007, Mac told David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" that he planned to retire soon.

"I'm going to still do my producing, my films, but I want to enjoy my life a little bit," Mac told Letterman. "I missed a lot of things, you know. I was a street performer for two years. I went into clubs in 1977."

Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on Oct. 5, 1957, in Chicago. He grew up on the city's South Side, living with his mother and grandparents. His grandfather was the deacon of a Baptist church.

In his 2004 memoir, "Maybe You Never Cry Again," Mac wrote about having a poor childhood — eating bologna for dinner — and a strict, no-nonsense upbringing.

Mac's mother died of cancer when he was 16. In his book, Mac said she was a support for him and told him he would surprise everyone when he grew up.

"Woman believed in me," he wrote. "She believed in me long before I believed."


I knew he was sick but didn't think it was this bad. I didn't always like him as a comedian (I did like some of his stuff) but there's no doubt he was great at what he did and I still am in shock over this. He'll be greatly missed.
Trapt1nw0nder
8/9/08 10:34:09AM
shocking...I had just finished eating breakfast right now,and was feeling full...go on to turn on my PC and read it on my Yahoo homepage and that really made me sick!..........sucks...i really thought he was funny

I wonder if Joe Rogan will have something to say about this tonight....from one comidian to an other..
MMAcca
8/9/08 11:00:23AM



R.I.P Bernie Mac.

Jackelope
8/9/08 11:59:16AM
Sad to hear. I wasn't a huge fan, but he played several roles that had me laughing pretty good. Transformers comes to mind and the movie Life.

This is why people need to live active and healthy lifestyles. Dying at 50 from non-traumatic causes is really sad to me because 9 times out of 10 it can be prevented if only the person took care of themselves properly.
The_Metal_Maniac
8/9/08 12:39:53PM
This sucks big time. I thought he was hilarious. 50 years old is to young to die. I guess this just reaffirms that you never when your time is going to come, so enjoy life while it's here.
RampageOwnedYou
8/9/08 12:55:08PM
wow, blown away!! Not a huge, fan, but blown away he died. Crazy!
owen1
8/9/08 1:56:28PM
Damn im shocked I heard he was sick but I never thought he was going to die.Sad news.
R.I.P
casey64
8/9/08 2:13:12PM
Wow didnt see this coming at all, I didnt even think he was sick. I loved his comedy, a sad loss, my day has been ruined.
sparky
8/9/08 3:17:46PM
its a truely tradgic thing......jus makes you wonder....cuz u jus never know what life has planned for ya!!!!!

Rest In Peace Bernie Mac

you were loved by many!!!!!!!!!!
mrkennedy
8/9/08 4:47:25PM
R.I.P Bernie
candynuts
8/9/08 6:58:19PM
Pretty crazy, I never consistently listened to his stuff, but I did enjoy anytime that I did. R.I.P Bernie Mac
Khaos
8/9/08 7:32:43PM
Man, '08 has been a sad year for comedians and fan alike, first we lose the great George Carlin, and now we lose another great in that of Bernie Mac.

RIP BERNIE & RIP GEORGE
D0wnUnd6e6r
8/9/08 8:24:37PM
WHO YOU WIT?!?!?!!!!!! aaaah bernie, what the hell. this f*cking sucks... one of the original kings of comedy, funny as hell. R.I.P. Mr. Mac
Raykill
8/9/08 9:43:26PM
I saw this morning while at worked, the first thing I did was call the wife in shock. Love the guy always funny. We used to watch the Bernie Mac show all the time.
THIS SSSSSSUUUUUUUCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKSSSSSSSSSSS
BlueSkiesBurn
8/10/08 2:36:44AM
I echo the sentiments of Khaos. 08 has sucked for comedians. Bernie didn't always make me laugh with his stand-up but his ability to act and bring a movie to life will be sorely missed. Uncle Bobby B baby, Uncle Bobby B. I wish the best for him and his family. The world of comedy has suffered a great loss on more than one front.
jae_1833
8/10/08 6:56:15PM
Damn, that sucks....man was hella funny. Thanks for all the laughs Bernie!!!
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