Bernie Mac, 50, the comedic voice behind the Peabody Award winning “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Ocean’s Eleven” died today in Chicago from pneumonia complications.

His publicist, Danica Smith, confirmed the actor’s death in a statement from Los Angeles.

Smith said that the pneumonia he was suffering from was unrelated to his previous condition of sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease, that Mac said went into remission in 2005.

Bernie Mac’s television, movie, and comedy careers earned him numerous awards such as the Television Critics Association Award and Image Award for “The Bernie Mac Show”. He also earned a Black Reel Award for his performance in the film “Mr. 3000”.

Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on Oct. 15, 1957 in Chicago.

He is survived by his wife, Rhona McCullough, and one child.

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