Black News, Entertainment, Style and Culture - HuffPost Black Voices
iOS app Android app More
September 15, 2014

These Major Cities Are On The Short List To Host The Obama Library

Barack Obama
Alex Wong via Getty Images

What's Happened In The 5 Months Since #BringBackOurGirls

Boko Haram Chibok
AP

Former DOJ Civil Rights Nominee: Principles More Important Than A Job Title

Debo Adegbile
Alex Wong via Getty Images

Charles Barkley: 'Every Black Parent In The South' Hits Their Kids

Charles Barkley
Noah Graham via Getty Images

Mom Blames Race For Fatal Police Shooting Of Son

Darrien Hunt
Facebook

Limiting Voter Participation In The Middle Of Crisis

Vote North Carolina
Sara D. Davis via Getty Images

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: Condoleezza Rice Would Be An 'Extraordinary' NFL Commissioner

Condoleezza Rice
Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP

WATCH: NFL Hall Of Famer Delivers Moving Speech On Child Abuse

Cris Carter
ESPN

REPORT: Ray Rice To Appeal Indefinite Suspension

Ray Rice
Ronald Martinez via Getty Images

Everything You Need To Know About Michael Brown's Record

Michael Brown
Scott Olson via Getty Images

AP Tweets About 'Habitual Judging' After Child Abuse Indictment

Adrian Peterson
Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery via Getty Images

At 9 Years Old, Grace Has Already Beaten Cancer. Now She's Taking On Child Homelessness

Grace Callwood
WeCancerve

Police Allegedly Mistake Black Actress Kissing White Partner For A Prostitute

Daniele Watts Detained
Instagram/Chefbelive

Tavis Smiley: 'Black Americans Have Lost Ground Under Obama'

Tavis Smiley
AOL/Huffington Post Media Group

Adrian Peterson Turns Himself In To Police

Adrian Peterson
ASSOCIATED PRESS

How Obamacare Could Be A Huge Boon To 'Alt-Labor' Groups

Obama Smile
JEWEL SAMAD via Getty Images

The Worst Jobs For Your Health

Worst Jobs Health
Andreas Schlegel via Getty Images

‘Why Didn't You Just Leave?’

Lovern

New Details Emerge In Zimmerman Road Rage Incident

Zimmerman Road Rage
Lake Mary Police

School Hallway Monitor Who Strangled Prostitutes Is Dead

Kendall Francis Dies
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rarely-Seen Photos Spotlight The 1970s Social Scene Of South Side Chicago

South Side Photos
Michael L. Abramson

Black Elementary Students Are Absent At Alarming Rate In This State

Empty School Desk
Creatas via Getty Images

Report: Death Toll In Central African Republic Tops 5,000

Central African Republic
ASSOCIATED PRESS

WATCH: NFL Broadcaster's Impassioned Plea For The NFL To Address Domestic Violence

James Brown Speech
CBS Sports

Follow HuffPost

    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. Most Popular on HuffPost
    2. Latest News
    3. Black Voices
    4. View all RSS feeds

Robin Thicke Reportedly Admits To Drug Use And Lying

Robin Thicke
Joseph Okpako via Getty Images

Chris Brown To Ray Rice: It's About How You Control Your Anger

Chris Brown
Slaven Vlasic via Getty Images

These Portraits Of Moroccan Hipsters Are More Nuanced Than They Look

Hassan Hajjaj
Hassan Hajjaj

Idris Elba And Dolphins Take The Box Office

No Good Deed
YouTube/Sony

Bill Cosby To Loan Art Collection To Smithsonian

Bill Cosby
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kanye West Tells The Media To 'Pick Another Target'

Kanye West
Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images

Snoop Dogg Allegedly Posts Anti-Gay Instagram Message

Snoop Dogg
Allen Berezovsky via Getty Images

WATCH: Wendy Williams Eats A Crow

Wendy Williams
WW

Jazz-Funk Pioneer Dies At 75

Joe Sample
Frank Hoensch via Getty Images

FLASHBACK: Marvin Gaye Delivers Iconic Anthem At 1983 NBA All-Star Game

Marvin Gaye Nba
Rolling Stone

Beverly Johnson Is ‘Angry' To See So Few Black Faces On The Runway

Beverly Johnson
Ben Gabbe via Getty Images

Black Twitter Won't Let Vogue Forget Epic Article Fail

Iggy Azalea Back
Imeh Akpanudosen via Getty Images

Beyonce And Nicki Minaj Finally Performed 'Flawless' Remix Live

Nicki Bey
Nicki Minaj/Instagram

New Book Says Bill Cosby's Jokes Masked Pain

Bill Cosby Black And White
Steve Allen via Getty Images

Comedy Sketch Nails Media Portrayal Of Black Victims To The Wall

Black Teen Public Relations Firm
Funny Or Die

Michael Che Makes Comedy History

Michael Che Weekend Update
Mindy Tucker

Elise Neal Lands Role In Aaliyah Biopic

Elise Neal
Paul Archuleta via Getty Images

Bernie Mac: Wife Knew Death Was Looming

Comments (212)

By Karu F. Daniels, BlackVoices.com



The untimely demise of beloved comedian Bernie Mac came as a shock to many of his fans and friends in the entertainment community, but his loving wife knew it was near.

"He didn't look good to me and I knew this could be it," Rhonda McCullough, his wife of 30 years, said in an interview with 'People' magazine.

The 50-year-old comedian – who suffered from sarcoidosis -- died Aug. 9 of complications due to pneumonia after a week-long stay at a Chicago area hospital.

The couple's last exchange was a day before his death.

"I said, 'Hey Bernard. How are you?' and I kissed his forehead," she recalled of her bedside vigil. "He shrugged his shoulders, like 'I'm tired' and I said, 'I know you're tired.' Later on that night, it took a turn for the worse."

Word for Word - July 11, 2008

    "I got a letter from a girl who said she was listening to one of my songs and every time I hit a particular high note, the garage door would open or close." -- Mariah Carey encounters some unusual problems with her a five-octave vocal range.

    Charley Gallay, Getty Images

    "Have I ever been totally and completely intimidated by another person? Yes, my husband's mother." -- Madonna fears Guy Ritchie's mom.

    Tony Barson, WireImage.com

    "There's brilliant jazz - Miles Davis. And there's brilliant rock - Coldplay. And there's brilliant rap - Jiggaman!" -- Jay-Z, tooting his own horn.

    Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images

    "I'm thinking of getting a tattoo of him on my chest." -- First-time father Usher is planning to ink a tribute to his seven-month-old baby son Usher Raymond V.

    Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

    The 71-year-old actor says, "I've got to suggest his voice and his speech without making a fool of myself." --Morgan Freeman

    John Shearer, WireImage.com

    "Bug-A-Boo or Bootylicious. I hate 'em." -- Beyonce Knowles isn't a fan of all her Destiny's Child songs.

    George Pimentel, WireImage.com

    "I've been working out really hard lately 'cause I'm single now and I've gotta look good!" -- Jessica Simpson shapes up to get back into the dating scene.

    Chris Farina, WireImage.com

    "When I come home from a club, my wish is to have a huge bowl of Frosted Flakes. I only have it once in a blue moon - because I can't have just one bowl." -- Janet Jackson on her late night snacking choice.

    Gregg DeGuire, WireImage.com



She and the couple's 30-year-old daughter, Je'Niece, were ushered into a waiting room, where they received the grim news. "[The doctor] came in and I said, 'He's gone, isn't he?' and she said 'yes,' " she revealed.

Bernie Mac's memorial service will be held at noon Aug. 16 at Chicago's House of Hope mega-church.

McCullough told the magazine that she's comforted by the support of her family and memories of the man she first met while attending Chicago Vocational High School.

Donations in the 'Kings of Comedy' star's honor may be sent to the Bernie Mac Foundation for Sarcoidosis, 40 E. 9th St., Suite 601, Chicago, IL 60605

Bernie Mac Quotes

    On Parenting ...
    "You got Dracula - a wooden stake; Wolfman - a silver bullet. But little boys, a belt." The Bernie Mac Show.

    On a career as an actor
    "You've go to pay your dues. You go from A to Z, you don't go from M to Z. You have to prove yourself, and you've got to put yourself in that position. I got the patience of Job, so I'm not in a hurry." -- 2003 Interview

    On Marriage ...
    "All you can do is admit that you're wrong and know that she's always right." -- Guess Who

    On what comedy is ...
    "Comedy comes from the heart and from the soul. You can learn to tell a joke. But being funny comes from inside." -- Mac's book "I Ain't Scared of You"

    On Men ...
    "Man is a sexual being." -- Bad Santa

    On determination ...
    "Wherever I am, I have to play, I have to put on a good show." -- 2002

    On being poor ...
    "We were poor. You know how to tell is a person's poor? You look in the frige. If there's nothing in there but bologna. We're talking serious poor. Mmm. But that bologna was good." -- Mac, in his book "Maybe You Never Cry Again"



+Black Voices Member: Notes on Mac's Memorial

+Bernie Mac Memorial: Stars and Fans Share Love
+Bernie Mac: Death from Sarcoidosis

Comments: (212)

Add a comment

Page 1 of 22

Add a Comment

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed but they are required to confirm your comments. When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password."