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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bernie Mac And Isaac Hayes, Rest In Peace

This is past due, but I have to note the passing of the late Bernie Mac. BBC:

    The star was best known in the UK for film roles in Ocean's Eleven, Charlie's Angels and Transformers.

    But in the US, he achieved critical and popular acclaim for the long-running sitcom The Bernie Mac Show, which earned him two Emmy award nominations.

    He was admitted to hospital in Chicago last week and died early on Saturday morning due to complications arising from pneumonia, his publicist said.

And from NJ.com:

    At the time, [Mac] was working as a sales rep for Wonder Bread, but the more popular he became on the club circuit, the less he wanted to push bread to pay the bills.

    On the day before Thanksgiving, his thoughts were consumed by the three standing ovations he'd received the night before. He dumped his entire load of bread at only five stores - "They had bread in the frozen food department, that's how much bread I gave them all" - called his boss and quit.

Dane Bramage Remebers Bernie Mac.

And then, the day after Mac died, the multi-talented Isaac Hayes died. BBC:

    Police were called after his wife found him unconscious next to a moving treadmill. He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    Hayes, a flamboyant, deep-voiced performer, won an Oscar for the 1971 hit Theme From Shaft.

    He was perhaps better known to a younger audience as the voice of Chef from the hit cartoon show, South Park.

Man - what a sad weekend that was. Both Mac and Hayes were beloved by millions and they will be missed. Both left us too soon, far too soon, and it ain't fair, damnit - it just ain't fair.

Rest In Peace.

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