Iconic standup comedian Bernie Mac's only daughter, Je'Niece McCullough, recently shared an adorable throwback photo with her late dad to celebrate his "Heavenly birthday."
The death of Bernie Mac was a huge loss to many of his fans and former colleagues in the entertainment industry. However, it was even a bigger blow for his family members, especially his only daughter, Je'Niece McCullough.
Recently, McCullough took to her Instagram page to honor the late comedian with a heartfelt tribute on what would have been his 63rd birthday.
Bernie Mac appears on stage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios September 10, 2004. | Photo: Getty Images
While commemorating her late father's "Heavenly birthday," she shared an adorable throwback photo of herself with him. The duo wore an all-white outfit with Mac complementing his outfit with his signature hat in the picture.
The father and daughter showed off their close bond as they warmly embraced each other while McCullough sat on Mac's lap. She captioned the photo writing:
"One of the biggest triggers for my grief after my dad's death was seeing older fathers with their daughters. It would sting my soul..."
In her lengthy post, McCullough revealed the pain she felt in losing her dad at his prime. However, she did not linger on the negatives and expressed gratitude for the three decades she was able to share with her famous dad.
She concluded her touching tribute with three hashtags that summed up her emotions. Her post has already garnered several reactions from her followers barely 24 hours after posting it, with many showering praises on the late comedian.
She accused the doctor of failing to recognize her husband's respiratory disease symptoms.
Mac was born on October 5, 1957, as Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, in Chicago, Illinois. He had a tough childhood which was highlighted by the loss of his parents, grandmother, and brother within a very short period.
He eventually turned to comedy as a healing remedy. While taking on several odd jobs, Mac began his comedy career with a weekly variety show at Chicago's Regal Theater. He officially joined the comedy club circuit in 1977.
After frequently appearing in the popular series, "Moesha," Mac finally landed a major role in the comedy flick, "The Original Kings of Comedy" in 2000. He starred alongside top comedians like Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and D. L. Hughley.
Mac went on to enjoy a successful acting career which saw him land a role in the critically acclaimed film, "Ocean's Eleven" and the title character of "Mr. 3000." Mac also starred in his eponymous show from 2001 to 2006.
On August 9, 2008, Mac died of pneumonia at the age of 50. During the last few years of his life, the comedian secretly battled a rare immune disease called sarcoidosis.
Following his death, his wife, Rhonda McCollough filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2010 against Dr. Earles. She accused the doctor of failing to recognize her husband's respiratory disease symptoms in the weeks leading up to his death.
It has been more than a decade since the death of the talented comedian. However, he touched many lives with his great works and his legacy lives on through his loved ones.