Bernie Mac dies of pneumonia (1957 – 2008)

August 10th, 2008 // 104 Comments

Comedian Bernie Mac passed away Saturday morning from pneumonia. Earlier last week, it was reported he would make a full recovery despite have been previously diagnosed with sarcoidosis a disease that affects the immune system. Sadly, Bernie didn’t pull through. People reports:

“[He] passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital,” his rep, Danica Smith, told PEOPLE. “No other details are available at this time. We ask that his family’s privacy continues to be respected.”

It was later revealed Bernie’s hospitalization was more serious than it was reported. He was put into intensive care a full week before the media was aware of his health problems which were played down to protect his family’s privacy, according to People:

The sister-in-law says Mac’s inflammatory lung disease contributed to his death. “He had sarcoidosis, but it was in remission,” she says. “But because he had it, his immune system was compromised. He had an infection … He was on a new medication that suppresses the immune system, and that’s where the pneumonia came from.”
She reveals that Mac – having trouble breathing and running a fever – was actually hospitalized on July 24, eight days before the date given for his admittance. The actor was diagnosed with pneumonia and immediately placed on a ventilator.

Bernie Mac is survived by his wife Rhonda of 30 years and their daughter Je’Niece who were at his bedside when he passed. ‘Merica, we lost a good one. Rest in Peace, Bernie.


  1. pixy


  2. ali g

    Bernie Mac, and now Isaac Hayes. You will be missed.

  3. juggggz


  4. bubba gump

    RIP Bernie Mac

    thanks for making us all laugh

  5. juggggz


  6. BJ

    RIP amigo.

  7. He was one funny mutherfucker…may the sonofabitch bring the house down in heaven

  8. Smokey

    He’s lighting up in heaven now, where it ain’t no sinny-sin-sin

  9. Matiac

    Oh 4 christ sake a really good guy died and u guys have to go all “first” on it!? not cool man. R.I.P Bernie.

  10. Other

    It seems everyone is dying in 2008, Heath, George Carlin, Cameron Diaz´s father, Tim Russet,…

  11. Ted from LA

    The sad part is that more people will probably die before the year ends. Even —gasp— unfamous people. I never saw Bernie’s work, but it’s always sad when young people die. He must have been a good guy because non of you degenerates have ripped him yet.

    P.S. I want to see more pictures of Woody Allen’s tits.

  12. Ted from LA

    Make that “Lily Allen’s tits.”

  13. douglas

    Listen up punks. A class act has passed away and all you losers care about is who is first on this site? You must live pathetic lives is if this is what makes your day.

  14. bootlips


  15. Mr. Sleepyhead

    I just watched Oceans 13 again and Bernie Mack was again the great comic. Bernie I’ll miss you. Make Isaac Hayes laugh when you enter the pearly gates.

  16. Lovely

    This is heartbreaking, Bernie Mac RIP

  17. rainer

    AW SHIT! Now he won’t be in Charlie’s Angels 3!

  18. McPot

    @8 Amen to that

  19. It’s been a damn rough weekend for some seriously great men. RIP BM!

  20. joey joejoe

    sad to die that way, but pfft he was a funny as my sweaty jock strap

  21. Ash Frog


    always remember. no one cares what you think.

    RIP Bernie Mac. You made the Oceans movies what they were.

  22. Isaac is Dead

    He was hilarious as the court clerk on Night Court. I liked his dry, witty humor.

  23. How did Bernie Mac die? Is he really dead? I just read about this on Special Report and it seems that a lot of prank calls were made about him being dead, and others saying that he was not dead? What’s the real story?

  24. George Jetson

    listen up America. Bernie Mac is about celebration, not mourning.
    R.I.P. Bernie
    He lives on the same golf course as me.

  25. George Jetson

    listen up America. Bernie Mac is about celebration, not mourning.
    R.I.P. Bernie
    He lives on the same golf course as me.

  26. Mike

    ‘I hate your black skin. I hate your black pants. I hate black pepper. I hate black keys on a piano. I hate my gums, because they’re black. I hate Whoopi Goldberg’s *lips*. I hate the back of Forrest Whittaker’s neck. Huh? Most of all, I hate that black-ass Wesley Snipes.’

    ahh bernie, what a shame, RIP there big fella

  27. Jackson

    don’t take samuel l jackson next :(

  28. you great man wiil always be remememberd.r.i.p bm

  29. joey joejoe


    your a bigger joke than any mac ever told. and to prove it you opened your mouth. fucking tool

  30. lawrence

    That is awful loss! He is such a talent acotor. I learned his death from celebrity guys at He will be missed very much by many people. My prayers goes out to his family.

  31. Guy

    Why are all the black guys dieing? lol

  32. joey joejoe

    jesus son of mary you ppl are dicks.

    one actor dies and your all your tearing up.

    11 solders have died this week in iraq
    13 died last month 29 the month before.

    send your prays out to those family’s and stop being little girls about celebs kicking it. The guy lived a life you all dream of, wanted for nothing and all the cash he had still couldn’t keep him alive. boohooo

  33. Guy

    33, It’s their fault for being stupid enough to be in the army.

  34. Reese

    @34 “Guy”

    Your a f*cking a$$h0le, think about what you just said you dumb f*ck

  35. literarycritic

    If no one is going to mention “Bad Santa” I might as well do it. He was hilarious in that movie.


  36. patrix

    RIP Bernie Mac..I was honestly surprised at this awful news. Really he was a funny guy and will be missed.

    On a side note, aren’t thousands dying in Russia at the moment? Shit aren’t thousands dying worldwide everyday? why the fuck aren’t any of you blogging about them? It’s sad Bernie died…really it’s a shame…but thousands die each day…to shit that the world can prevent.

    you know what, as not to be a hypocrite…fuck dead people. A shit ton of people die every fucking day, to single out a celebrity as if their death is more meaningful is just down right disgusting. Fuck everyone not recognizing the horrible state of the world every fucking moment! Fuck you thinking celebrity news is more important than the news out front!

    fuck you.

    sorry Bernie.

  37. veggi

    Congratulation, Bernie, on becoming the only type of nigger that’s good (dead).

  38. “Officer Self Hatred: You ain’t so tough now, little nigga. I hate your black bastards, you *stink*! I hate your black skin. I hate your black pants. I hate black pepper. I hate black keys on a piano. I hate my gums, because they’re black. I hate Whoopi Goldberg’s *lips*. I hate the back of Forrest Whittaker’s neck. Huh? Most of all, I hate that black-ass Wesley Snipes. ”


  39. literarycritic

    @#38: My cousin shot himself in the head two months ago. The cancer in his jaw was eating him alive and he couldn’t eat without being intubated anymore, so he laid a tarp in his backyard and shot himself in the mouth with a revolver. His wife found him. Is that not a tragedy of epic proportions? Why isn’t everyone blogging about him? Why aren’t people trying to find a cure for cancer instead of caring about Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes dying of mundane system failures?

    Because we can only care about so many things at once. And a lot of people know who Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes (and George Carlin, and Heath Ledger) were. No one knew who my cousin in North Carolina was except his family. No one knows who the victims of atrocities the world over are except their families. This is a celebrity news blog, not a political action/save the oppressed peoples of the world blog. If you think it’s so goddamn stupid to blog about the deaths of celebrities, why don’t you spend your time at news/political sites that actually do give a shit about the deaths of people the world over, instead of here?

    Put your web browser where your mouth is, hypocrite.

  40. Chris

    Your cousin was weak. And there’s no excuse for doing it (pussying out and killing himself) in a way that traumatizes his wife when she finds him. Although I’m guessing that, overall, it was mostly positive for her.

  41. biteme

    Damn, Bernie Mac was one dark-skinned black man. Someone call L’Oreal and have them do their magic (it worked for Beyonce).

  42. literarycritic

    @#42: Until you have terminal cancer eating your FACE, you can STFU. Then maybe you can talk about others being weak for doing whatever the fuck they choose to do in that situation.

  43. Chris

    Uh…ok. I’ll cancel that “Profiles in Courage” episode then. Loser. (your cousin, too)

  44. literarycritic

    @#45: You do that, then. It’s cute how you think I give a shit.

  45. Bernie Mac is laughing at you honkeys fighting on his thread.

  46. Lola

    GOd rest his soul in peace… Kind-hearted, amazingly talented husband, father, human…. He will be dearly missed

  47. Kelly

    Love you Bernie! You will be missed greatly. RIP

  48. shar

    Listen Up America, (Mac’s words) he was funny and probably a decent guy. Married 30 years, his family will miss him. I enjoyed his show. RIP. Bless his family, they still hurt and mourn their loss like the rest of us. A husband/father is gone.

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