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Bernie Mac Funeral (Photos)

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Actor and comedian Bernie Mac was laid to rest today. A public funeral was held at Chicago's House of Hope Church where family members, friends and thousands of fans gathered to say goodbye to a good man.

Mac told The New York Times in 2001:

"The success of my comedy has been not being afraid to touch on subject matter or issues that everyone else is politically scared of--it's a joke believe me. I'm not trying to hurt anybody."

The day was somber and many celebrities paid their respects to Bernie. Actor Chris Rock, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson were a few of the stars to give emotional tributes at the funeral.

Mac, 50, died a week ago of complications related to pneumonia. Several prominent celebrities sent letters of condolence, including Oprah Winfrey, Senator Barack Obama and Andy Garcia. Actor and stand-up comedian D.L. Hughley joked about Mac's well known taste in clothes. He said, "Bernie would wear colors that Crayola hadn't even invented."

The church seated 10,000 and many fans waited for hours, some overnight trying to get a seat. Chicago mayor Richard Daley praised Bernie's efforts to make the streets safe for the cities kids. He said, "Bernie wanted to do something personally to get children away from the life of violence. He had a heart and passion....that's why as the king of comedy, he never lost his soul in Chicago."

More Photos Below - including four from memorial service.


bernie macs wife rhonda stands before his portrait at memorial s

  • actor tony cox prior to the start of bernie macs memorial servic
  • rhonda mccullough second from right wife of bernie mac at memori
  • there was singing during the celebration service for bernie mac

  • bernie mac 1
  • bernie mac 2
  • bernie mac 3
  • bernie mac memorial

  • bernie mac oceans cast
  • bernie mac and george clooney
  • mac hayes and jackson
  • the bernie mac show co stars
  • bernie mac and wife rhona in 2004

Photos: WENN



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    Bernie Mac was and still is always be my favorite comden of all times. I loved that he was real. Using his life problems. To show there is a lesson. Later you could sit back and laugh about but learn from it. Wish that he would have made a movie with Groege Lopez I believe it would of been a great hit! I still watch the rerunns. Of his show evervyday. Also have all his movies. Lost of a great man. Who told it like it T.I IZ! R.I.P Bernie Mac

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    I had just started to watch your show, and I like it. I didn't know you personally, but it seems like you were a cool guy to be around. In my heart I know you are gone to heaven. But, it seems like you are still here with the re-runs of the Bernie Mac show. To Bernard family, you have my deepest sympathy. And lots of love. Linda

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    Bernie Mac since I never got to see you on earth, I feel I will see you in Heaven. "Luv you Bernie Mac"

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    Bernie mac was one of a billion. He was one of the worlds most funnest African American men alive. H e always made me laugh through out any movie that he did. I really like him in the kings of comedy. He will be dearly missed by everyone who loved him. I give my deepest regrets to his family.

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    Bernie Mac will be missed by all. His show was entertaining. It was a family show. God bless you, Bernie. You will be missed. R.I.P.. He's making God laugh now with his humor!

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    BERNIE MAC WAS ONR OF THE BEST COMEDANS OF ALL TIMES, IN MY BOOK BETTER THAN THE OLD ONES. I MEAN BETTER THAN RICHARD PRYOR,AND THOSE GUY'S OF THAT ERA. BERNIE WAS IN MY ERA OS TIMHE WILL SURELY BE MISSED. SLEEP ON BROTHER BERNIE, ILOVE YOU,BUT GO LOVES YOU BEST

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    What a fine rep of our city! A great man who will be sorely missed.