Comedian Bernie Mac Dies

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Actor and comedian Bernie Mac is being remembered for his larger-than-life persona and his devotion to family.

The 50-year-old died Saturday at a Chicago area hospital. A
publicist says he had an inflammatory lung disease and died after
complications from pneumonia.

Bernard McCullough worked his way up from an impoverished
childhood on Chicago's South Side and went on to standup comedy,
TV and film.

He was among the stars in the hugely popular "Ocean's Eleven"
franchise and the 2005 remake of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"

"Ocean's Eleven" co-star Carl Reiner praises Mac and the comedic innovations he brought to "The Bernie Mac Show." The long-running sitcom won a Peabody Award for transcending "race and class while lifting viewers with laughter, compassion -- and cool."

In real life, Mac's daughter says he was very much like his character on that show and a "loving grandfather" to her daughter.

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