Actor and comedian Bernie Mac died this morning of complications from a bout of pneumonia. He was 50 years old.
Earlier this year, Bernie Mac was hospitalized and treated for the same illness. The comedian suffered from an inflammatory lung disease called sarcoidosis, but his publicist said it went into remission in 2005 and was not related to the pneumonia."Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital," said his rep Danica Smith. "No other details are available at this time. We ask that his family's privacy continues to be respected."Mac was a founding member of the "Kings of Comedy" tour, which spawned the 2000 concert movie The Original Kings of Comedy with Mac, Steve Harvey, DL Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer. He received a prestigious Peabody Award and three consecutive NAACP Image Awards for his hit sitcom The Bernie Mac Show, which ran from 2001 to 2006. He also enjoyed big screen roles in such hits as Charlie's Angels, the Ocean's Eleven franchise, Bad Santa, Pride, and Guess Who. He still has two movies to be released: Soul Men with Samuel L Jackson, and Old Dogs with John Travolta, Robin Williams and Matt Dillon.Bernie Mac -- born Bernard Jeffrey McCollough in 1957 -- held a bachelors in psychology and masters in mental health counseling from Xavier University. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Rhonda McCullough, their daughter Je'Niece and granddaughter Jasmine.