While Bernie Mac remains in the hospital under treament for pneumonia, his rep slammed widespread media reports that the comedian is in very critical condition.
"Bernie Mac is still alive and being treated in a Chicago hospital for pneumonia and is expected to make a full recovery," his rep, Danica Smith, told People.com. "We once again ask that the press respect his privacy and that of his family."
The Chicago native, 50, entered the hospital last week and remained there over the weekend.
In recent years, Mac (real name: Bernard Jeffery McCullough) has battled an inflammatory lung disease known as sarcoidosis which causes inflammation in the lungs, lymph nodes and other organs. It has been in remission since 2005. His pneumonia is not related to it, his rep said.
Most recently Mac made headlines when he attended a Barack Obama fundraiser and made a few lighthearted comments about the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "I'm proud of him because politics is dirty, especially with Republicans," he said. "People like rumors. They are going to say things like, you know, 'You was in the club with Lil' Kim, and you and Kanye West got in a fistfight.' "
In addition to his appearance in last year's hit "Transformers," Mac has recently been working on the TV series "Starting Under," as well as several films, including the Samuel L. Jackson flick "Soul Men" (slated for release later this year) and the John Travolta comedy "Old Dogs," which is scheduled for a 2009 release.