Bernie Mac Dies At 50 Of Pneumonia & Sarcoidosis (Photos)


How did Bernie Mac die? Bernie Mac death rumors have flooded the internet. Sadly the rumor is true. Bernie Mac’s death has been confirmed. How did Bernie Mac die? Did Bernie Mac’s sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease, play a part, even though Mac was hospitalized for pneumonia? See more below.

Bernie Mac has died. This is really sad news! The Chicago Sun Times confirmed the death of Bernie Mac, actor and comedian. Bernie Mac is survived by his wife, Rhonda McCullough and daughter, Je’Niece Childress. Read about Bernie Mac’s final moments before his death, surrounded by his family here.

Bernie Mac is most remembered for his “Bernie Mac Show” and movie Oceans Eleven. Spike Lee’s “The Original Kings of Comedy introduced a wider audience to the stand-up routines of tour mates Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer. Mac had been a working comedian for 31 years.

A columnist named Stella Foster was contacted by Bernie Mac’s family after his death. But what exactly caused Bernie Mac’s death? While the cause of his death is still unknown, he was hospitalized last week for pneumonia thought to have been worsened from a chronic inflammatory disease called sarcoidosis of which he suffered.

Comedian Bernie Mac died at Northwestern Memorial hospital early Saturday morning, according to Sun-Times Columnist, Stella Foster. He was 50. Video announcing Bernie Mac’s death on CNN video is below post.

Though the cause of death has not been confirmed, Mac had been hospitalized recently for pneumonia. Foster said that she received calls early Saturday morning from a close friend of the Mac family, confirming the reports of Mac’s death.

Publicist Danica Smith has also confirmed that Bernie Mac died early Saturday morning in the Chicago area hospital due to complications of his pneumonia.

Condolences to Bernie Mac’s wife, Rhonda McCullough and Mac’s daughter, Je’Niece Childress.

Bernie Mac’s co-star on the “Bernie Mac Show”, Niecy Nash, gave this statement on Bernie Mac’s death:

She says:

“Bernie Mac was so gracious. I’ll never forget when I auditioned for the role to play his sister on The Bernie Mac Show, [and] we had to improvise for the callback. I did it, and we had such a good time, but I didn’t know yet if I had booked the part. I walked out and I went to say ‘hi’ to someone else I knew in the cast. And Bernie was walking by and he just walked up and said, ‘Congratulations, baby girl’ and kissed me on the cheek. And I was like, ‘what?’ I’m thinking I had to wait for my agent to call, but Bernie gave me that job on the spot.

“”¨When I showed up to work, he said something to me that had never been said to me on a set before. He said, ‘Baby girl, the script here is not the Bible. Do you and I’ll follow. I got mine, you get yours.’ When he said that, I knew everything was going to be alright. I was happy to have the freedom to make up some funny with him. It was simply delicious. 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.

“”¨His passing is such a major loss to the acting and comedy communities. Everything that I learned and observed from Bernie Mac, I’m going to apply it. Now that I have my own sitcom, I’m going to pay it forward. His great legacy of graciousness and giving will live on. That’s how I’m going to keep his memory alive; by expressing the best part of him through me. Bernie Mac was the personification of the word ‘real.’ He kept it real. That kind of genuine spirit that he carried all time cannot be easily duplicated, but I will do my very best to try.”

Earlier reports on Bernie Mac’s condition follow:

A spokeswoman for Bernie Mac says the actor is responding well to treatment for pneumonia and hopes to be released in the next few weeks. Publicist Danica Smith said Thursday in a statement that Mac’s condition is “stable.” Smith first announced on August 1st that Mac was hospitalized in Chicago.

A source told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday that Mac was in “very, very critical condition” at an area hospital, where he was being treated for pneumonia.

But Danica Smith said Mac is responding well to treatment and will be released soon. So is his publicist just putting a good “spin” on his health?

Bernie Mac’s rep stated, “He asked that his privacy and that of his family is respected while he gets well.”

The rep says the pneumonia is not related to Mac’s diagnosis of sarcoidosis, a disease that causes inflammation in organs such as the lungs or lymph nodes.

Bernie Mac, 50, has been in remission from sarcoidosis since 2005, when he announced he had been suffering from the disease for 20 years.

Images: WENN

Source: news


  1. i really love him, he was so funny, intertaining, and a lovable guy, bu aint no need of worries becasue barnie is going 2 a better place. so good bless all the days of lives….

    I LUV U BARNIE MAC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Mr. Mac. will be missed by many, a family man, a proud man, and a man who loved family more than fame and fortune, in Hollywood taht is a rarity, my wife Oralene, and i pray that God will sustain the family through this difficult time, and remeber God makes no mistakes!!


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