Funny guy Bernie - Born Bernard Jeffrey
McCullough - grew up on the South-Side of Chicago.
Booty Call, Ocean's
Thirteen, Soul Men, Charlie's Angels:
Full Throttle and 104 episodes of The Bernie Mac Show.
Despite his success in Los Angeles, he always
kept a home in Chicago.
He credited Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor as his
In 2005 he announced that he had Sarcoidosis, a
disease that inflames organs like the lymph nodes and lungs. He was supposedly
in remission for 3 years.
On the 24th
of July, Bernie had trouble breathing so he went to the hospital. He was
being treated for pneumonia. Some say he got pneumonia because sarcoidosis
screwed up his immune system. He was in ICU and hadn't been responsive since
He passed away of Sarcoidosis and pneumonia at
about 2 a.m. on the morning of August 9th, 2008 in Northwestern Hospital.
He was 50 years old.
His public funeral was held at the House of
Hope in Chicago. Almost 7000 people attended.