Bernie Mac's widow sues comedian's doctor


Bernie Mac's widow is suing the late comedian's longtime doctor, alleging he failed to recognize signs of serious illness.

Rhonda McCullough, who filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Chicago, alleges that a few weeks before Mac's 2008 death, dermatologist Rene M. Earles didn't recognize indications of respiratory failure and kept Mac at the clinic for several hours instead of calling forl an ambulance.

Earles told the Chicago Sun-Times he treated Mac that day for a low-grade fever and a rash. He says after Mac told him another doctor had given him an injection for a cold, he called Mac's doctor and was told Mac had been diagnosed with pneumonia in both lungs. He says he immediately advised Mac to go to a hospital, which he did.

Mac's wife is seeking at least $50,000.