UPDATE 8/10: Here’s a link to the People magazine article. I found this one to be the most personal and touching so far since they interviewed Bernie’s wife and daughter on the same night he died.
I nearly cried reading the play by play of his final hours, so it’s definitely worth reading.
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.” …
…”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.”…
…”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.”…
…Mac’s funeral is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15, 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.
Original Blog Post (below)…
I just turned my phone on and read a text message from one of my sisters about Bernie Mac passing away. So random, so shocking. I don’t have much time to write about it now, but I wanted to quickly get some kind of post up here about it.
Please comment with your reactions, links to more info, and good bye messages.
Life is so unpredictable. Let this be a reminder to live each day as if it were your last.
Here’s a quick excerpt from the Associated Press. I do think I’ve seen a couple of headlines about him being in the hospital with pneumonia, but I had no idea it had or could turn life threatening.
CHICAGO (AP) — 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.
Read the entire press release here <– UPDATE May 11, 2011: link no longer active but adding the Associated Press video regarding Bernie Mac’s passing below.