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Bern Out -- Mac Dies at 50

8/9/2008 11:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Comedian Bernie Mac died this morning in Chicago after a long hospitalization from pneumonia.

Mac, whose real name is Bernard McCullough, passed away early this morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was 50 years old.

His rep just issued the following statement to TMZ: "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."

The day before he died, Mac's rep insisted he was stable, in no danger and expected to be released within the week, even though it was clear Mac was on his death bed.

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The Robster    

FIRST?

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Sherry    

That sucks.

2183 days ago
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Anna    

oh no,..... RIP

2183 days ago
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emilee    

wow....i couldn't believe this when i saw it.. RIP Bernie mac...you will be missed.

2183 days ago
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Liz    

OMG....................I am stunned! So very young!


RIP Bernie.

2183 days ago
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Bella    

I can not believe that he has died! What a surprise. I will pray for his family and loved ones! I am in SHOCK.

2183 days ago
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Willie    

very sad to hear this

my thought are with his family

2183 days ago
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jr    

What a loss of a great comdedian!

2183 days ago
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King    

aww sad news....RIP to one of the best comedians ever.

2183 days ago
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reeceecup    

R.I.P. to one of the original kings of comedy

2183 days ago
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Les    

Sorry to hear this, I love Bernie Mac!

2183 days ago
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Redneck Messiah    

R.I.P. B Mac

2183 days ago
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Alexis    

He will be greatly Missed

2183 days ago
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Billy    

Very sad. One of the best comedian of this generation.

2183 days ago
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Nicole    

How shocking and sad! I read earlier in the week he was in the hospital, but it didn't seem to be anything too terribly serious. What a loss! Bernie was hysterically funny and he will be missed.

My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

2183 days ago
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