10 AUGUST 2008

Hollywood is in mourning for Bernie Mac after the comedian passed away on Saturday night from complications due to pneumonia.

The 50-year-old actor, who starred in the hit films Ocean's Eleven, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Transformers, was recently admitted to a Chicago hospital after being diagnosed with the lung illness.

"The world just got a little less funny," said Ocean's co-star George Clooney.

Fellow Ocean's star Don Cheadle concurred: " This is a very sad day for many of us who knew and loved Bernie… He will be missed, but heaven just got funnier."

The Emmy-nominated stand-up comedian, whose long-running sitcom, The Bernie Mac Show found critical and public acclaim in the US, leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Rhonda, a daughter and a granddaughter. His funeral will be held on Friday.

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Chicago-born actor Bernie Mac, who lit up screens with his comic performances, passed away at a hospital in his home city at the age of 50 Photo: © Getty Images Click on photo to enlarge
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