Bernie Mac, Rest in Peace

bernicemacComedic genius Bernie Mac passed away today at age 50. He was recently hospitalized and treated for pneumonia but he also suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body’s organs. Born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on October 5, 1957, in Chicago, Mac grew up on the city’s South Side living with his mother and grandparents. In his 2004 memoir entitled Maybe You Never Cry Again Mac wrote about having a poor childhood:

“I came from a place where there wasn’t a lot of joy,” Mac said, “I decided to try to make other people laugh when there wasn’t a lot of things to laugh about.”

Bernie Mac was successful at making us laugh from the stand-up comedy stage to the silver screen. His roles in the classic films, Friday, Ocean’s Eleven and The Original Kings of Comedy, led to Mac earning his own sit-com, The Bernie Mac Show. He has been honored with several Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his hilarious and memorable performances.

Rest in Peace, brother.

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Published on August 9, 2008 at 11:57 pm. Post A Comment.
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