Rhonda McCullough, wife of late comedian Bernie Mac, sues his longtime dermatologist, Dr. Rene Earles, for negligence.

Rhonda McCullough, wife of late comedian Bernie Mac, has sued his longtime doctor for negligence. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the suit alleges 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. You will recall that the comedian died from pneumonia Aug. 9, 2008. Dr. Earles had been treating him for 20 years.

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. Earles told the Sun-Times on Thursday that, indeed, Mac had an appointment that day at his clinic in the 2900 block of South Michigan. Source: Sun Times

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