A case of walking pneumonia caused Bernie Mac (né Bernard McCollough), 46, to suspend production on The Bernie Mac Show Oct. 18. Reps for Mac say, ''We decided to shut down to make sure he got 100 percent recouped.'' Production should resume in mid-November.... Lindsay Lohan, 18, currently shooting Herbie: Fully Loaded, was hospitalized Oct. 21 in L.A. for a ''febrile illness'' (high fever and headache). Reps say she is resting comfortably.... Blues musician Bo Diddley (né Ellas McDaniel), 75, canceled a concert in Lancaster, Calif., Oct. 21. Diddley, who suffers from diabetes, took the extra time to recuperate from an August toe amputation caused by a foot infection. Reps say, ''His doctor has given him a clean bill of health,'' and he has returned to his regular touring schedule.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht (The Hard Hours), 81, of lymphoma, Oct. 20, in Washington, D.C.... Screenwriter Mary Anita Loos von Saltza (1950's A Ticket to Tomahawk), 94, of complications from a stroke, Oct. 11, in Monterey, Calif.... Opera singer Robert Merrill, reportedly 87, baritone with the Metropolitan Opera, of unspecified causes, Oct. 23, in New Rochelle, N.Y.... Life photojournalist George Silk, 87, of congestive heart failure, Oct. 23, in Norwalk, Conn.