The original ‘King Of Comedy’, Bernie Mac, has died aged just 50 years old.
Mr Mac, who rose quickly though the ranks of Hollywood to become one of the silver screens most formidable leading men, suffered ‘complications from pneumonia’ which is thought to be linked to a disease he was diagnosed with in the 1980′s called sarcoidosis, an auto-immune condition affecting the lungs.
I was going to simply report this story, but I’m finding it hard to stay detached about it. It’s really sad, and more importantly, very very unexpected. I became aware of Bernie Mac when I saw episodes of, ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ in 2003 or so. I thought they were hilarious. This guy was obviously a huge talent and over the years I watched his acting parts get bigger and bigger. He has been in some of my favourites like the ‘Ocean’s’ series and ‘Bad Santa’. I am left wondering what Hollywood will do to fill some of the roles which only someone like Bernie Mac could have filled? Indeed, fellow black comedian and actor Chris Rock says,
“Bernie Mac was one of the best and funniest comedians to ever live, but that was the second best thing he did. Bernie was one of the greatest friends a person could have. Losing him is like losing 12 people because he absolutely filled up any room he was in.”
I think that sums it up. I feel deeply sorry for his wife of 30 years, and his daughter who undoubtedly must be beside themselves with grief. I think we have lost a really great black character actor, a role model for young black men and probably one of the funniest comedians of the last 20 years.