Comedian Charlie Murphy Dies At 57 From Leukemia
Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy died in his sleep at a New York hospital on Wednesday at age 57 after suffering from leukemia.
Murphy, whose is the older brother to “The Nutty Professor” star Eddie Murphy, was a cast member and sketch writer on Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show.”
There were many memorable skits Charlie Murphy and Dave Chappelle did on the “Chappelle’s Show” including the nights Charlie partied with Rick James and Prince.
Reports say he had been undergoing chemotherapy and that family members are absolutely shocked of his death because they thought he was getting better.
It is also reported the family would call him frequently, and he would even joke about them calling him too much.
Charlie co-wrote some of Eddie Murphy’s movies, like “Norbit” and “Vampire in Brooklyn.” He co-starred in “Are We There Yet?,” “The Boondocks” and “Black Jesus.”
He recently toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley on “The Comedy Get Down.”
Charlie’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died in 2009 from cervical cancer. They had 2 children, and he had another from a previous relationship.
High-profile comedians expressed their condolences and praise for Murphy following news of his death.
We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time . Charlie Murphy RIP. pic.twitter.com/AAwItp5AJC
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 12, 2017
Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy. He took a chance on a young director in The Player’s Club. Always made me laugh. RIP pic.twitter.com/yChjFtSDH4
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 12, 2017
Prayers Up for the Murphy family. Loved being around & working with Charlie!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 12, 2017
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) April 12, 2017
Wow….This is crazy. All I can say is RIP. Thank you for not only being a friend but for believing in me when I was young in this comedy game. Charlie Murphy did the rewrite for the first movie that I ever did called “Paper Soldiers”….His stories were legendary & unbelievable & heartfelt. I’m lucky to have know you and I’m even luckier to be able to say that I was a friend. You will be missed man. #RIPCharlieMurphy