Comedian Bernie Mac died in a Chicago hospital on Saturday.
Mac suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs.
On July 24, 2008, Mac was hospitalised with an infection, that later turned out to be pneumonia. The news of his hospitalisation would not be announced for over a week, when his publicist claimed that Mac had pneumonia.
The next day, responding to rumors that the actor was in "very, very critical condition," his publicist said that he was responding well to treatment, and should be released soon.
On August 9, his publicist announced that Mac had died from complications of pneumonia unrelated to sarcoidosis.
Bernie Mac was working on the movie Soul Men with Isaac Hayes who, coincidentally, died the day after him.