Saturday, August 9, 2008

Shocking and Sad! Bernie Mac Dead at Age 50

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"Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital," reports his publicist in an official statement. No other details were given, and she asked that his family's privacy be respected during this time of grief. Mac 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.
Although he grew up less fortunate, Mac found an outlet in comedy, and hoped to spread happiness to others through his art. "I came from a place where there wasn't a lot of joy," Mac told the AP in 2001. "I decided to try to make other people laugh when there wasn't a lot of things to laugh about." Mission accomplished. You will be missed, Bernie!

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