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Bernie Mac’s Widow Opens Up About Emotional Moments Before His Death

When comedy king Bernie Mac died unexpectedly in the summertime of 2008, Rhonda McCullough’s world shattered. She had been with Mac since she was sixteen years ol

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A few weeks prior, Mac had been admitted to the hospital for labored respiration and ended up closely sedated, on a ventilator. It’s been almost eight years since that flip of occasions, however Rhonda tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” that she nonetheless feels the ache Mac’s passing as if it simply occurred.

“August the eighth, he had awoke,” she says. “They stated, ‘We’re going to place a feeding tube in him,’ and simply every thing went improper.”



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Rhonda McCullough and Bernie Mac (actual identify: Bernard McCullough) have been collectively for greater than 30 years earlier than he died in 2008.

Mac’s coronary heart stopped beating. He needed to be resuscitated. 

“When they lastly let me go into the room to see him, I was like, ‘Oh, my God,” Rhonda says. “He was simply shaking, and his eyes was simply, like, large open and he wasn’t actually taking a look at anyone.”

Rhonda made an emotional plea to her husband.

“I stated, ‘Please do not, do not die,'” she says, breaking into tears. “I stated, ‘I’m right here. I’m ready for you. I’ll maintain you. Just do not, do not die. Don’t die.'”

A few hours later, Mac was gone.

“It was round P o’clock that morning. I keep in mind seeing the door open, and the physician was standing within the doorway,” Rhonda says. “I checked out her and I stated, ‘He’s gone, is not he?’ She [nodded].” 

Even recalling that second at this time, Rhonda turns into overwhelmed with emotion.

“My entire life was him, since I was sixteen,” she says by way of tears. “I did not know what I was gonna do. It’s like, what’s my reasoning for being right here now? What is my function? How am I going to make it now?”



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Rhonda says it took her a number of years to really feel robust sufficient to place her power into the Bernie Mac Foundation, however now she believes there isn’t any higher strategy to honor his legacy. 

In the years since Mac’s dying, Rhonda says she has discovered renewed objective by means of the Bernie Mac Foundation, which the late comic began a yr earlier than his demise to advertise consciousness and analysis for sarcoidosis, a illness from which he suffered.

“What higher approach to have his legacy stay on?” Rhonda says. “The basis means to me every part that Bernard was and that he needed.”

To study extra concerning the Bernie Mac Foundation, go to berniemacfoundation.org.

“Oprah: Where Are They Now?” airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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