CHICAGO (CBS/AP) Bernie Mac's widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Chicago against the late comedian's longtime doctor.
Rhonda McCullough alleges that a few weeks before Mac's 2008 death, dermatologist Rene M. Earles didn't recognize indications of respiratory failure and kept the 50-year-old Chicago native at his clinic for several hours rather than call an ambulance.
Earles tells the Chicago Sun-Times he treated Mac on the day in question. He says Mac appeared weak, and had a low-grade fever and a rash.
Earles says after Mac told him another doctor had given him an injection for a cold, he called that doctor and was told Mac had been diagnosed with pneumonia in both lungs.
He says he immediately advised Mac to go to a hospital and that Mac was taken to one in a chauffer-driven vehicle.
McCullough is seeking at least $50,000 in damages, says Radar.