Bernie Mac's Wife Sues Dermatologist for Comedian's Wrongful Death

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, comedian Bernie Mac's wife has filed a wrongful death suit against a doctor who treated him less than a month before his death. Rhonda McCullough is suing dermatologist Rene Earles because he failed to recognize the symptoms of serious cardiopulmonary problems that should have sent Bernie Mac straight to a hospital.

McCullough is seeking a $50,000 judgment against the dermatologist for contributing to Bernie Mac's death through negligence. The delay in treatment caused by Earles's failure to notice obvious symptoms of serious health problems, McCullough argues, contributed to complications, ultimately leading to Bernie Mac's death.

Bernie Mac died on August 9, 2008, at age 50, from complications related to pneumonia. He had chronic inflammatory lung disease.

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