Well this has come out of nowhere and as a complete and utter shock. I’m very sad to report that comedian Bernie Mac has died after losing his battle with pneumonia. The 50-year-old passed away on Saturday morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

News of the actor’s illness emerged last week (though this is the first I have heard of it), but his publicist Danica Smith released a number of statements earlier this week playing down reports of Mac’s deteriorating health. On Thursday, Smith said Mac was “in a stable condition” and was “responding well to treatment”. She even went as far to predict he will be released from hospital within a matter of weeks.

But the star died on Saturday after experiencing complications from the condition, reports TMZ.com. His representative says, “Actor/ comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital. No other details are available at this time. We ask that his family’s privacy continues to be respected.”

Not only is this very sad but once again we have lost a fantastic talent in film much too young, following the deaths of both Heath ledger and Anthony Minghella, earlier this year. Mac is most famous in America for his stand-up routines but most film-goers will know him from such films as the Oceans Eleven trilogy, Charlies Angels: Full Throttle and most recently his very funny cameo in Transformers as Bobby Bolivia.

He has 3 more film completed which are due for release over the next six months.