Comedian Bernie Mac has died after losing his battle with pneumonia.
The 50-year-old Ocean's Eleven star died on Saturday morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, a week after being admitted to the medical centre.
Born Bernard Jeffery McCullough in Chicago in 1957, the actor began his showbiz career as a stand-up comedian in the local Cotton Pickin' Club.
He quickly established himself as a promising wise-cracking star, and he was crowned the winner of the Miller Lite Comedy Search at the age of 32.
But Mac's big career break came when he performed on the famous Def Comedy Jam show on US cable network HBO.
The stint led to Mac landing small acting roles, before scoring more high-profile parts in the George Clooney remake of Ocean's Eleven, and its sequels. His other movie appearances include Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Bad Santa, Guess Who? andTransformers.
He remained an important figure on the
stand-up circuit, and toured the US as part of The Kings of Comedy show.
His own sitcom, The Bernie Mac Show, earned him Emmy Award nominations.- WENN