Bernie Mac hospitalised

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Bernie Mac

Bernie Mac hospitalised

Bernie Mac is being treated for pneumonia in a Chicago hospital.

The 'Ocean's Thirteen' star is "responding well" to treatment for the inflammatory illness of the lung, despite reports he was in a "very critical" condition.

When asked whether the reports were true, Mac's representative Danica Smith replied: "You have some bad information. Mr. Mac is responding well to treatment and will be released soon.

"He asked that his privacy and that of his family is respected while he gets well."

The 50-year-old comedian has been suffering from sarcoidosis or Besnier-Boeck disease, an immune system disorder most often found in the lungs, since 1983.

However, Smith insists the disease has been in remission since 2005 and has nothing to do with Mac's most recent hospitalisation.

As well as starring in 'Ocean's Thirteen', Mac is most well known for starring in 'The Bernie Mac Show' - a role which earned him nominations for two Emmy awards and two Golden Globes.

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