Bernie Mac’s Widow’s Heartbreaking Request in Her Husband’s Final Moments l Where Are They Now l OWN

Bernie Mac’s Widow’s Heartbreaking Request in Her Husband’s Final Moments l Where Are They Now l OWN


RHONDA MCCULLOUGH: It
was August the 8th. He had woke up, and
they said, we’re going to put a feeding tube in him. And just everything went wrong. His heart stopped beating, and
they had to resuscitate him. And when they finally let me
go in the room to see him, I was like, oh my god! He was just like– just
shaking and his eyes was just like wide open. And he wasn’t really looking
at anybody, you know. And I remember telling
him, oh, please don’t– please don’t do die. Please don’t– don’t die. I said I’m here. I’m waiting for you. I’ll take care of you. Just don’t– don’t die. Don’t die. And so it was like hours later. It was around 2
o’clock that morning. I remember seeing the
door open, and the doctor was standing in the doorway. And I looked at her, and I
said he’s gone, isn’t he? And she said. And I just thought, oh my god! What am I– what
am I going to do? That was– my whole life
was him since I was 16. And I just– I didn’t know
what I was going to do. It’s like, what is my
reasoning for being here now? What is my purpose? How am I going to make it now? In the beginning, it was very
difficult for me to continue on with the foundation, and I just
wasn’t in the frame of mind to keep it going. And I think, after
two years, I said, well, maybe I need
to pick it back up. And I said, what better way
to have his legacy live on. The foundation means to me
everything that Bernard was and that he wanted, so I just
really can’t let it go now.