Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, better known by his stage name ‘Bernie Mac’, was an American stand-up comedian and actor.
The 9th of August marks 10 years of the comedic legend’s passing.
He was popularly known for his stand-up comedy and The Bernie Mac Show.
He joined fellow comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and D. L. Hughley in the film The Original Kings of Comedy and had been great friends ever since.
He also appeared in the movie Friday.
In the final three years of his life, Mac publicly disclosed that he had suffered from sarcoidosis, a disease of unknown origin that causes inflammation in tissue.
Sarcoidosis frequently attacked his lungs. In 2008, Mac was admitted in hospital.
After a week of unsuccessful medical treatment, Mac went into cardiac arrest and subsequently died on August 9th.
Here’s 5 facts about him to reflect and celebrate his life:
- He had one child – a daughter named Je’Neice McCullough
2. There were 104 episodes of popular ‘The Bernie Mac Show‘
3. He was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on 5th October 1957
4. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family
Bernie Mac was the last surviving member of his immediate family. His mother died when he was just sixteen-years-old.
His two brothers died before him. He’s survived by wife Rhonda McCullough and daughter Je’Neice McCullough.
5. The creation of Bernie Mac Foundation
Mac was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis in 1983, which left his lungs in a weakened state. Shortly before his death the Bernie Mac Foundation was formed to create awareness about Sarcoidosis.
His daughter wrote a note to her late dad below.
People ask me quite often what I miss most about my dad and it’s his ability to work my last nerves like no other. My dad could destroy Every. Single. Nerve I had and somehow manage to excavate my entire being to find the lost one to wreck that one as well. Let me explain. My dad and I pushed one another’s buttons. We knew each other well and not just the surface things like favorite colors and foods. We knew the depths of one another’s souls. I think that’s one of the biggest reasons I was so afraid of him—not to mention his voice, eyes and overall stature. But as I grew, I carried a deep fear of my father that I could not put into words. He could see through me. That would shake me. It would make me want to run and sometimes I did run away from him. After he died I carried so much guilt. I specifically clung to this one memory that caused me so much grief after his passing. The Fizzle was a newborn and I was flailing. I was deep in the throes of new motherhood coupled with a miserable marriage. I was depressed and unable to figure out what to do. My dad unexpectedly showed up to my house one day. He rang and rang the doorbell. I was so ashamed and embarrassed that I wouldn’t answer. I crouched down behind my couch and watched him. He would not leave. He kept knocking and ringing. After many minutes of waiting, he reluctantly turned and walked back to the car. I cried. I just couldn’t bring myself to let him see me like that. I felt like a failure and like I’d failed him. I didn’t want him to see me like that. Of course I couldn’t out run him and he eventually caught me and broke me down. It was what I needed. I cried again, but this time in his arms. After he died, I replayed that day when he came to my door over and over in my head. I was stuck there. Why didn’t I just answer the door? I couldn’t forgive myself for leaving him outside. He finally came to me one day and told me I had nothing to apologize over. I saw in his eyes something I was not able to see that day. Love ❤️ So yeah, that’s what I miss most #love #daddysgirl #loveneverdies #whoyawit #alwayswithyou
Which is your favourite episode of The Bernie Mac Show?