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Saturday, August 9, 2008

R.I.P. Bernie Mac

The original king of comedy has passed this morning, Saturday, August 09, 2008. Comedian and actor Bernie Mac, who starred in one of U.S. TV's few black sitcoms and appeared in the "Ocean's 11" movies, died in Chicago on Saturday after a bout with pneumonia. He was 50.

Publicist Danica Smith confirmed the death in a statement but gave no further details. "We ask that his family's privacy continues to be respected," she said.His hospitalization was announced on August 1. At the time, his publicist said his illness was unrelated to a chronic tissue inflammation called sarcoidosis, which had been in remission since 2005.

The Chicago-born comedian, whose real name was Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, starred in "The Bernie Mac Show," which ran for five seasons until 2006 and lives on in syndication.

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