Saturday, August 09, 2008

Comedian Bernie Mac Dies At Age 50

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Bernie Mac, who for the past 30 years made the public laugh thanks to an over-sized comic persona as captured on the small and large screen as well as on stages small and large, died Saturday morning. He was 50. "[He] passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital," his rep, Danica Smith, told People. "No other details are available at this time. We ask that his family's privacy continues to be respected." On Aug 1, Mac was admitted to a hospital at Northwestern Memorial hospital with pneumonia said his rep, adding that he was expected to recover.

In a statement released just this morning through her publicist, friend and "The Bernie Mac Show" & "Guess Who" co-star, Niecy Nash had this to say:

Bernie Mac was so gracious. I'll never forget when I auditioned for the role to play his sister on "The Bernie Mac Show". We had to improvise for the call back. I did it and we had such a good time, but I didn't know yet if I had booked the part. I walked out and went to say "hi" to someone I knew in the cast. And Bernie was walking by and he just walked up and said, 'Congratulations, baby girl' and kissed me on the cheek...

When I showed up to work. he said something to me that had never been said to me before on a set. He said, 'Baby girl, the script here is not the Bible. Do you and I'll follow. I got mine and you get yours.' When he said that, I knew everything was going to be alright...

His passing is such a major loss to the acting and comedy communities. Everything that I learned and observed from Bernie Mac, I'm going to apply it. Now that I have my own sitcom I'm going to pay it forward. His graciousness and giving will live on. That's how I'm going to keep his memory alive;by expressing the best part of him through me. Bernie Mac was the personification of the word,'real.' He kept it real. That kind of geniune spirit he called all the time cannot be easily duplicated, but I will do my very best to try.

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