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Chicago Sun-Times: Comedian, South Sider Bernie Mac dies at 50

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  1. Maikeru-sama

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    Comedian, South Sider Bernie Mac dies at 50

    August 9, 2008

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    Comedian Bernie Mac, whose career began in Chicago's comedy clubs, died at Northwestern Memorial hospital early Saturday morning, according to Sun-Times columnist Stella Foster. He was 50.

    Comedian Bernie Mac died at Northwestern Memorial hospital early Saturday morning, according to Sun-Times Columnist, Stella Foster. He was 50.

    Though the cause of death has not been confirmed, Mac had been hospitalized recently for pneumonia. Foster said that she received calls early Saturday morning from a close friend of the Mac family, confirming the reports of Mac's death.

    The columnist also said she was deeply saddened to receive such a phone call just an hour after Mac was pronounced dead.

    "It brought tears to my eyes because Bernie Mac has always been my all-time favorite entertainer and comedian. It pains me to have to report that," Foster said during a phone interview on Saturday morning.

    On Friday, a spokeswoman for the actor, whose real name is, Bernard McCullough, said that he had been responding well to treatment for the illness.

    Publicist Danica Smith said Thursday in a statement that Mac's condition is ''stable.'' Smith first announced on August 1st that Mac was hospitalized in Chicago.

    Smith has said the pneumonia isn't related to an inflammatory lung disease Mac also has. That condition has been in remission since 2005.

    Foster noted that last weekend, several web sites reported wrongly that the comedian died.

    Mac made waves last month with off-color jokes during a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

    The comedian starred in the critically acclaimed Fox television series ''The Bernie Mac Show.'' His film credits include roles in the ''Ocean's Eleven'' franchise.

    Foster says she was remembers Bernie's comedic beginnings through his show, "Midnight Mac," which aired for four shows on HBO and was taped in Chicago in 1995.

    "It was a variety entertainment show," she said, "He even had dancers called Macaroni's. That was my first exposure to how talented Bernie Mac was. And after that show, that's when Hollywood started beating down his door."

    The actor's upcoming movies include "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer; and "Soul Men" with Samuel L. Jackson and Isaac Hayes.

    There is no word on whether public services will be held.

    Contributing: AP

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  2. miamicowboy21

    miamicowboy21 Active Member

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    What a crying shame. I loved Bernie. He's one of the funniest comedians ever. Man, why do the good ones die so young.
  3. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    His stand up always made me laugh, and I really enjoyed him in Ocean's Eleven.

    Way too young, what a shame. RIP Bernie. :(
  4. Yeagermeister

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    RIP Bernie :(

    He was a very good comedian and actor.
  5. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    :( This is shocking.



    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080809/ap_on_en_mo/obit_bernie_mac

    By F.N. D'ALESSIO, Associated Press Writer 26 minutes ago

    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."
  6. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Wow. Loved this guy. His performance in Kings of Comedy was up there.
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  8. CATCH17

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    Already posted in the offtopic zone.

    Also Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins rule. Great draft picks.
  9. Vintage

    Vintage The Cult of Jib

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    Damn. I liked Bernie Mac.
  10. REDVOLUTION

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  11. ThreeSportStar80

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    What was the purpose of that comment? The guy might not have known about the off topic zone.

    Anyways, R.I.P. Mr. B-Mac, you were loved for your comedic relief from the outside world! God bless his family, friends and fans!
  12. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Holy Moly!

    50 is way to young.

    RIP
  13. DallasFanSince86

    DallasFanSince86 Pessimism Sucks

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    RIP Bernie Mac

    I loved him in Ocean's Eleven.

    I didn't even know he was sick.
  14. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Died today ..... so sad.

    RIP
  15. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Like the 5th thread on this.
  16. Cochese

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    I'll never forget him jinxing the Cubs in the 2003 NLCS.

    Thanks Bernie, you da man.
  17. theebs

    theebs Believe!!!!

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    seems bizarre.

    how could he die from pneumonia? he must have not taken care of himself.
  18. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    He also had some other health issues in remission. Coupled together they do take a toll on your body.

    Also make no mistake... Pneumonia is a leading killer in this country. I had it one time and it was the worst experience of my life. I wouldn't wish it on any skin fan or most iggle fans. Not even Joe Theesman...

    Bernie was highly under rated and I was a big fan of his work. His comedy spanned race, age and gender. He was truly a talented guy and will be missed.
  19. DallasEast

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    I'm going to miss you, Bernie.​

    The Original Kings of Comedy will never ever be the same without you.​

    Rest in peace, man. Rest in peace. :(
  20. peplaw06

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/obit_bernie_mac

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