Comedian Bernie Mac has died after losing his battle with pneumonia.
The 50-year-old passed away on Saturday (08/09/08) morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
News of the actor's illness emerged last week, but his publicist Danica Smith released a number of statements earlier this week playing down reports of Mac's deteriorating health.
On Thursday (08/07/08), Smith said Mac was "in a stable condition" and was "responding well to treatment". She even went as far to predict he will be released from hospital within a matter of weeks.
But the star died on Saturday after experiencing complications from the condition, reports TMZ.com.
His representative says, "Actor/ comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital. No other details are available at this time. We ask that his family's privacy continues to be respected."
He will be deeply missed!