Bernie Mac Memorial - K-lawwwd, We'll Always Love You

Bernie Mac photo as a student at Vocational High School on the South Side of Chicago

Today here on Chicago's South Side, thousands of people are expected to attend a public memorial for comedian, actor and Chicago favorite son Bernie Mac. Born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough 50 years ago, Bernie transitioned this world last Saturday. Today, his friends and fans everywhere celebrate his homegoing, appreciating the powerfully healing laughter he gave the world over the years.

Schedule for noon today, the memorial for Bernie Mac takes place at the 10,000-seat House of Hope church (752 East 114th Street). Fellow funnyman D. L. Hughley will speak at the service. Mac's TV family cast members from The Bernie Mac Show will attend and so apparently will many Hollywood friends from the big and small screens. Mayor Richard Daley also plans to attend.

Bernie's many acting successes included having his own Fox television series "The Bernie Mac Show," which taped from 2001 - 2006 and remains strong on the rerun circuit. He also had starring roles in blockbuster films such as "Ocean's Eleven," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," and "Transformers."

But Bernie forever emblazoned himself in my heart when he played that throwed-off reverend in the zany Ice Cube produced movie "Friday." K-lawwwd!!

While it was complications from pnemonia that Bernie could not surmount, he had suffered with sarcoidosis since 1983. A friend who also has suffered with the disease -- which she says "moves around" in the body -- wonders if the medications that Mac and so many others take to manage "sarcoid" left his body unable to fight the pnemonia when it emerged.

Among the many celebrities who're clearly shaken up by Bernie's demise is talk show giant Larry King. Last night's Larry King Live show was dedicated to Bernie Mac, with his fellow Kings of Comedy tour cohorts fondly remembering The Mac Man. Comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and D. L. Hughley were among's King's guests. Ashton Kutcher also was on the show and simply seemed stunned by the loss of his friend and movie co-star.

Larry King mentioned the family's request that condolences be sent as contributions to: The Bernie Mac Foundation for Sarcoidosis, 40 E. 9th St., Suite 601, Chicago, IL 60605.

R.I.P., Bernard McCullough. You fought the good fight. You sure done good!

My Student, Bernie Mac (Chicago Tribune)

Bernie Mac - The Final Hours (RushPRNews)

Sarcoidosis Signs and Symptoms (National Heart Lung & Blood Institute)

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Anonymous said...

A huge talent that will be greatly missed. Very nice write up about him.

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