Comedian Bernie Mac dies of pneumonia


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FoxNews is reporting the death of actor-comedian Bernie Mac, 50, who died suddenly today of complications from pneumonia.  “Sarcoidosis”, a lung condition is given as the possible cause of death.

Rumors of Mr. Mac’s death have been circulating on the internet for several days, with refutations coming from his publicist and other sources.

more from Chicago Tribune

The comic born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough could cut an imposing figure. He stood 6-foot-3, was built like a fullback and carried himself with a bouncer’s reticence. But perhaps the strongest weapon in the Chicago comedian’s arsenal was that voice, that amalgam of thought and a delivery that could rise like a tidal wave, outpace a Gatling gun and remained, to his last days, loud and unapologetic.

He wasn’t scared, he told us time and again, to tell anyone what he thought, to say what others were afraid to say. That fearlessness wasn’t always welcome, considering Mac didn’t get his big break until his 30s. But when he did, the comic skyrocketed to success in stand-up, television and the big screen.

Bernie Mac’s life and career in photos:

h/t Jordan

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7 Responses

  1. Oh, no! It’s a bit disconcerting to read about his death interspersed between the news items about how well he is recovering from his pneumonia.

  2. That was a surprise.
    I also didn’t hear about Paul Newman.

  3. Me either.

  4. Chef is dead.
    /you bastards

  5. DANG.

  6. More evidence that exercise is bad for you, I suppose.

  7. …and high blood pressure.

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