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BREAKING ENTERTAINMENT 9:30am 8-9-08 Actor, Comedian Bernie Mac Dies From Pneumonia
Saturday, Aug 09, 2008 6:23pm
CHICAGO, IL From CNN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: ENTERTAINMENT 9:30am 8-9-08 Actor and comedian Bernie Mac has died  from pneumonia, according to CNN.  Mac was 50.  Besides the Fox TV series, "The Bernie Mac Show" his film roles included the "Ocean's Eleven" series, "Friday," "Get on the Bus," "Transformers" and many more. 

Most recently, Mac filmed Soul Men, in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Arlena Acree, Sheveport Film Commissioner was shocked, telling Tom Pace with "The Talk of the Town"  "We're really saddened about his death...Shreveport was a part of his home while filming Soul Men here in the spring of this year."  Acree added, "The movie is in post-production now, the release date not yet known."  Soul Men is a Weinstein Production. 

Born Bernard Jeffrey McCollough, Mac had been hospitalized in Chicago, Illinois, for more than a week with the lung infection.Danica Smith, the comedian's publicist, had said Thursday that Mac's condition was "stable," The Associated Press reported.

"When I got the call this morning, it was just devastating news," said Chicago Sun-Times columnist Stella Foster. "Let's face it: Bernie Mac was one of a kind. He was the best of the best in terms of giving you a good laugh."

Smith previously said the pneumonia wasn't related to sarcoidosis, a lung disease Mac had, which had been in remission since 2005, according to AP.

Mac caused a stir in July with some jokes he made during a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, AP reported.


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