We knew him as one of the Original Kings of Comedy. The Chicago-born and bred comedian died from complications of pneumonia after battling with sarcoidis, a disease that can cause scarring in the lungs.
I was a fan of his sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show," where he played a stern, disciplinarian uncle to two nieces and a nephew, but his hardnosed approach to childrearing was warmly laced with affection and a desire to see the children grow up to be independant and successful.
"Can I talk to you America?" he'd ask loudly, rhetorically into the camera as he sat in his arm chair and complained about the children.
He was no stranger to controversy either. Early this year, he was rebuked by Sen. Barack Obama's campaign for racy jokes he told at Chicago fundraiser for the senator. Funny, because racy jokes were Mac's stock in trade.
Controversial comedian, devoted family man and rising movie star, Bernie Mac will be missed. Share your thoughts about the comedian below.
Published On: August 09, 2008