Bernie Mac's Wife Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Dermatologist

October 5, 2015

The wife of the late comedian and Chicago native Bernie Mac has filed a wrongful-death suit against his longtime doctor.

Rhonda McCullough alleges in court papers that South Side dermatologist Rene M. Earles kept her ailing husband at his clinic for nine hours on July 17, 2008, rather than calling an ambulance to take him to the hospital, setting in motion a catastrophic series of health setbacks that led to his untimely death weeks later from pneumonia.

The suit, filed last week in Cook County Circuit Court, claims Earles “failed to recognize cardiopulmonary instability in Bernie” and “failed to recognize and act upon abnormal vital signs and signs of respiratory failure” during that July visit to his clinic.

Mac, whose given name was Bernard McCullough, died from complications related to pneumonia on Aug. 9, 2008 (two years ago today), at age 50.