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Family, friends and thousands of fans gathered at Chicago's House of Hope church on Saturday to attend the public memorial for actor/comedian Bernie Mac, who died one week ago from complications with pneumonia. He was 50.
The star-studded tribute featured emotional speeches from comedian Chris Rock, Rev. Jesse Jackson and actor Samuel L. Jackson, Mac's costar in the upcoming flick Soul Men.
Mac's fellow Original Kings of Comedy – Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey and DL Hughley – sat next to each other, breaking down in tears during the service. When they took the stage, however, they mixed their tears of sadness with laughter as they remembered the Mac Man.
"This dude is a very popular guy," said Cedric. "You know y'all were like 'let me get four tickets to the funeral!' He's still the hottest ticket in town."