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Comedian Bernie Mac Dead

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Posted: August 9, 2008, 10:37 am - IP Logged

Comedian Bernie Mac dead at age 50 from complications of pneumonia...may he rest in peace.

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    Posted: August 9, 2008, 10:45 am - IP Logged

    Just saw that - man I loved his comedy.  Yes may he rest.

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      Posted: August 9, 2008, 10:46 am - IP Logged

      God bless his soul he was a good man and comedian.

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        Posted: August 9, 2008, 10:53 am - IP Logged

        RIP Bernie.  We had the same exact birthday.

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          Posted: August 9, 2008, 10:58 am - IP Logged

          A true comic genius, my prayers go out to the Mac family.

          May he rest in peace.

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            Posted: August 9, 2008, 11:05 am - IP Logged

            Rest In Peace my fellow Lucky Libra, you and your work will be missed

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              Posted: August 9, 2008, 11:16 am - IP Logged


              Deepest Sympathy to his family.


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                Posted: August 9, 2008, 11:19 am - IP Logged

                Actor and comedian Bernie Mac dies at age 50
                Date of Birth
                5 October 1957, Chicago, Illinois, USA
                CHICAGO - Bernie Mac, the actor and comedian who teamed up in the casino heist caper "Ocean's Eleven" and gained a prestigious Peabody Award for his sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show," 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 worked his way to Hollywood success from an impoverished upbringing on Chicago's South Side. He began doing standup as a child, and his film career started with a small role as a club doorman in the Damon Wayans comedy "Mo' Money" in 1992. In 1996, he appeared in the Spike Lee drama "Get on the Bus."

                He was one of "The Original Kings of Comedy" in the 2000 documentary of that title that brought a new generation of black standup comedy stars to a wider audience.

                "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 on Saturday.

                Mac went on to star in the hugely popular "Ocean's Eleven" franchise with Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

                His turn with Ashton Kutcher in 2005's "Guess Who" topped the box office. It was a comedy remake of the classic Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn drama "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" — with Mac as the black dad who's shocked that his daughter is marrying a white man.

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

                In the late 1990s, he had a recurring role in "Moesha," the UPN network comedy starring pop star Brandy.

                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.

                "But television handcuffs you, man," he said in a 2001 Associated Press interview. "Now everyone telling me what I CAN'T do, what I CAN say, what I SHOULD do, and asking, `Are blacks gonna be mad at you? Are whites gonna accept you?'"

                He also was nominated for a Grammy award for best comedy album in 2001 along with his "The Original Kings of Comedy" co-stars, 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.

                "I came from a place where there wasn't a lot of joy," Mac told the AP in 2001. "I decided to try to make other people laugh when there wasn't a lot of things to laugh about."

                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 know that I will miss him for sure... R.I.P.

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                  Posted: August 9, 2008, 11:25 am - IP Logged

                  Bernie Mac u were a true legend along with

                  the great late Robin Harris n Redd Fox.

                  You will be truly missed, R.I.P God bless!!

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                    Posted: August 9, 2008, 11:36 am - IP Logged

                    Gonna miss Bernie, may he rest in peace... Blue Angel

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                      Posted: August 9, 2008, 11:38 am - IP Logged


                      I'm through following my dreams! I'm going to ask them where they are going and hook up with them later.

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                        Posted: August 9, 2008, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

                        He was a very funny guy and seemed like a nice man. R.I.P. Bernie. Frown

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                          Posted: August 9, 2008, 12:58 pm - IP Logged

                          Rest in peace Bernie and my prayers go out to his family. He will be sadly missed. Him and Richard Pryor are telling jokes in the heavens now. God Bless

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                            Posted: August 9, 2008, 1:14 pm - IP Logged

                            he was too young to die...I remember him from Charlies Angels...I sometimes think that someone is killing this people...

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                              Posted: August 9, 2008, 1:33 pm - IP Logged

                              It's hard to believe that he is gone. He always looked larger than life. The Oceans movies won't be the same without him. My condolences to his family.

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