Rep: Bernie Mac Still Alive, Despite Rumors
08/02/2008 AT 09:45 PM EDT
"We once again ask that the press respect his privacy and that of his family," says Danica Smith.
The actor-comedian (real name: Bernard Jeffery McCullough), 50, was hospitalized in Chicago for pneumonia, Smith told PEOPLE on Friday.
"Mr. Mac is responding well to treatment and will be released soon," she said in a statement. "He asked that his privacy and that of his family is respected while he gets well."
It was further stated that the pneumonia was not related to Mac's 2005 diagnosis of sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in organs such as the lungs or lymph nodes.