Washington, Aug 10 : The untimely death of Bernie Mac on Aug 9 has come as a huge shock to the entertainment industry, who remember the actor as a quintessential funnyman - and a warm guy.
Those expressing condolences for the standup comic and actor, include George Clooney, who starred with Mac in Ocean's Eleven and its two sequels.
"The world just got a little less funny. He will be missed dearly," People quoted Clooney, as saying.
Another Ocean's colleague Brad Pitt said: "I lament the loss of a ferociously funny and hardcore family man. My thoughts are with Rhonda and their family. Bernie Mac, you are already missed."
Actress-comedienne Niecy Nash, who played Mac's sister on The Bernie Mac Show, recalls his knack for making fellow actors feel at home on the set.
"My working experiences with Bernie were so amazing, that from that point on, I wouldn't have cared if he called me in the middle of the night to come and be in a scene where I didn't have anything to do but sit in the background and eat cereal. I would've just done it because I loved him like that," she said.
Mac died early Saturday at a Chicago hospital of complications from pneumonia, his publicist had confirmed.