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Actor and Comedian Bernie Mac dies at age 50


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Comedian and Chicago native Bernie Mac died early Saturday morning from complications due to pneumonia, his publicist confirmed.


Mac, 50, had been hospitalized for about a week at Northwestern Hospital, according to his spokeswoman. A few years ago, Mac disclosed that he suffered from sarcoidosis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in tissue, most often in the lungs.


The comic born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough could cut an imposing figure. He stood 6-foot-3, was built like a fullback and carried himself with a bouncer's reticence. But perhaps the strongest weapon in the Chicago comedian's arsenal was that voice, that amalgam of thought and a delivery that could rise like a tidal wave, outpace a Gatling gun and remained, to his last days, loud and unapologetic.


He wasn't scared, he told us time and again, to tell anyone what he thought, to say what others were afraid to say. That fearlessness wasn't always welcome, considering Mac didn't get his big break until his 30s. But when he did, the comic skyrocketed to success in stand-up, television and the big screen.



Link http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-bernie-mac-dies-080809-story,0,5074084.story





This is shocking!!

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This news is still so sad. I was shocked to hear that he died cause I was so sure he was going to pull through from this. Pull he was so young. 50 is not old at all. I've heard it said a few times this weekend and it's so true, the world really did get a little bit less funny with Bernie's death. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bernie's family and friends.


R.I.P. Mr. Bernie Mac

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It makes you think about life, and the fact the each day is not promised. He will definitely be missed. I wanted to post a YouTube vid of his, but I can't find any rated PG!! Bernie said what we can't say!!


R.I.P. man!!

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