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Bernie Mac Dies

Bernie Mac RIP

This morning the sad news comes that comedian Bernie Mac has passed away from complications due to pneumonia. He was only 50 years old, and although he was in the hospital since Aug. 1, he was expected to recover. The comedian is survived by his wife Rhonda McCullough and their daughter Je'Niece. The stand-up comedian, Emmy-nominated sitcom actor, and one of the Oceans gang still has a few movies coming out, including Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Soul Men. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and fans.

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pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
from people .com Bernie Mac’s wife and daughter were with him until the very end, says the late comic's sister-in-law in a personal and touching interview with PEOPLE that took place Saturday. Speaking of a heartbreaking moment between her younger sister, Rhonda, and the 50-year-old actor-comedian – who succumbed to complications from pneumonia in a Chicago hospital at 2 a.m. Saturday – Mary Ann Grossett says that the night before Mac died, "He struggled for his life. He couldn't breathe. "He opened his eyes on his own and looked at Rhonda. She called his name, and he opened his eyes and nodded to her. She smiled at him and told him, 'Don't leave me … 'I'm waiting for you to come back.' He shrugged his shoulders, and she said that's when she knew he was tired. He signaled to her that his body was tired." Rhonda, Mac’s wife since 1977, and their 30-year-old daughter, Je'Niece, were with him when he died. "[The doctors] were working on him," says Grossett. "They tried to resuscitate him two times. One time he came back for about an hour. Then he went into cardiac arrest the second time." Prior to that, the couple had last communicated on July 31. "He told his wife [non-verbally] that he could breathe on his own, and he wanted the ventilator out. He motioned that he wanted it out," says Grossett. Lung Disease Contributed The sister-in-law says Mac's inflammatory lung disease contributed to his death. "He had sarcoidosis, but it was in remission," she says. "But because he had it, his immune system was compromised. He had an infection ... He was on a new medication that suppresses the immune system, and that's where the pneumonia came from." She reveals that Mac – having trouble breathing and running a fever – was actually hospitalized on July 24, eight days before the date given for his admittance. The actor was diagnosed with pneumonia and immediately placed on a ventilator. "He was critically ill when he was in the hospital," says Gossett. "He was in intensive care the whole time." She adds that doctors kept the star sedated, although he was conscious at times and he contracted a second strain of pneumonia while in the hospital. His Wife's Reaction Of her widowed sibling (like Mac, Rhonda is 50), Grossett says, "She’s devastated. However, she's at peace about his transition because of her faith in God. Her faith is what is sustaining her." She says of the couple's enduring union, "They had 30 years of marriage. That's unprecedented in today's time, particularly for celebrities. That brings joy to her. They loved each other and respected each other on a daily basis. She was by his side to the very end." Recalling the couple's early years, when they were still in their teens, Grossett says, "When they started dating, he said, 'Girl, you better come on board this train, because I'm going to be rich.' And her response was, 'Okay,' and they were married. That's how he charmed her, with his sense of humor." She adds, "When they got married they were kids. He was 20 and she was 19. They both grew up together, and they both matured in this marriage. 'She's Going to Miss Him Dearly' "What she will treasure the most is the fact that she was his wife for 30 years – and not only was she his wife, but she was his best friend. She's going to miss him dearly." Mac’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16, at an undisclosed location. The family requests that donations be made to the Bernie Mac Foundation for Sarcoidosis, 40 E. Ninth St., Suite 601, Chicago IL 60605.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
He was such a great comedian and actor... he will be missed. May he RIP
Dollylo Dollylo 8 years
That's really a sad new! :( My prayers go to his family, wife and daughter :(
lilflowa lilflowa 8 years
omg :jawdrop: i didnt even know he was ill! no way! Condolenses indeed. How shocking! Lil xXx
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Please don't take JOHNNY!
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
please don't take goerge lopez
rpenner rpenner 8 years
This is seriously shocking and very very sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May he rest in peace.
Miaomiaochan Miaomiaochan 8 years
Another man gone way before his time. It's just not right...
sugaNspice24 sugaNspice24 8 years
so sad. RIP Bernie Mac
hills hills 8 years
i saw some of his scetchs and thought he was really funny, really liked his film choices too.
wicca_08 wicca_08 8 years
I love this guy. May his soul rest in peace.
couture-yourself couture-yourself 8 years
Oh man, I'm in total shock. I've been a fan of his for years. I just assumed he would recover when it was reported he was in the hospital. He will definitely be missed :(
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 8 years
When I first heard the news I had been awake like 2 minutes. I still couldn’t believe that he had passed. I thought he was hysterical in Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle and of course in his TV show. He was a funny and talented man who went far too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time. R.I.P. Bernie
nikkih nikkih 8 years
RIP Bernie Mac
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
I'm shocked... RIP funny man...
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
When I heard he was sick, I didn't even really pay attention I assumed he would recover. This broke my heart, I had to go to the movies to get my mind off of it. But then I saw The Dark Knight and got sad all over again. Why does God keep taking these people who have thousands of people who love them. This isn't even right, God give him back. Why are you being selfish? :( :( :( :(
ladychaos ladychaos 8 years
I thought he was going to recover. I'm really sad now. He was my favorite comedian... Rest In Peace, and prayers to the friends and family for their loss.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
I cannot believe this. I am so glad to hear that he was a believer. Let's all include his family in our prayers...
chiquitita chiquitita 8 years
Sarcoidosis is an auto-immune disease so even if he was in remission, his immune system may have been compromised from the previous flare up. My sister has Lupus and after each flare up she is left a little more debiliatated. It's like you can never get back to 100%. Poor guy, from what his sister in law is saying, he just couldn't take it anymore. It seems like he fought until there was no fight left in him. So so sad.
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 8 years
It really is a shame, and I was really surprised to hear about it today. RIP to Bernie Mac. Just for the record however, he suffered from SARCOIDOSIS, and his spokesperson made it clear that his pneumonia and following death were not related to his disease which was in remission since 2005 I think. Not many people (young people at that) die of Pneumonia. I wonder if he had something more serious like Aids - not that it matters now, he's passed, but I find it very odd there was a clarification that it wasnt the Sarcoid, and yet - he died of pneumonia. Poor thing. He was funny as hell.
darlene darlene 8 years
so sad
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
It seems like this is out of nowhere. Too sad, only 50?!
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
RIP
azulsky azulsky 8 years
I feel sad but and grateful that I was able to experience his humor and talent through his projects (especially his stand-up routines). My heart goes out to his family and friends.
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