August 11, 2008

Bernie Mac Public Memorial Scheduled..

A public memorial for late comedian Bernie Mac — who died Saturday at age 50 of complications from pneumonia — will be held Saturday in Chicago.

Services are scheduled for noon in the 10,000-seat House of Hope at 752 E. 114th St.

Donations in Mac's honor may be sent to:
The Bernie Mac Foundation for Sarcoidosis
40 E. 9th St., Suite 601
Chicago, IL 60605.

Ironically, Mac and Isaac Hayes (who died at age 65 on Sunday) were to appear in Samuel L. Jackson's upcoming film Soul Men.

Both were to play former soul singers who haven't spoken in 20 years — and agree to travel cross country to attend a reunion concert at NYC's Apollo Theatre.

Mac's sudden passing shocked fans over the weekend. Though the comedian's family initially expected him to recover (he had been hospitalized since July 24), his daughter Je'niece Childress tells the Associated Press that "as the weeks went on, I kind of knew" that was unlikely.

A day after Mac's passing, Hayes was found unresponsive near an exercise machine at his Memphis home.

A cause of death is still being determined, though it has been reported that he most likely died of natural causes.

Source: Us Magazine

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