Actor and comedian Bernie Mac, know best for the Bernie Mac show, reportedly died this morning at age 50. According to his publicist Danica Smith, passed away from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital. She said no other details were available and asked that his family’s privacy be respected. The comedian suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body’s organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005. He recently was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia, which his publicist said was not related to the disease. Mac worked his way to Hollywood success from an impoverished upbringing on Chicago’s South Side. He began doing standup as a child, and his film career started with a small role as a club doorman in the Damon Wayans comedy “Mo’ Money” in 1992. In 1996, he appeared in the Spike Lee drama “Get on the Bus.” He was one of “The Original Kings of Comedy” in the 2000 documentary of that title that brought a new generation of black standup comedy stars to a wider audience. “The majority of his core fan base will remember that when they paid their money to see Bernie Mac … he gave them their money’s worth,” Steve Harvey, one of his costars in “Original Kings,” told CNN on Saturday. Mac also had starring roles in âOceanâs Eleven,â “Bad Santa,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” and “Transformers.” Mac will definitely be missed.
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