Charlie Murphy Dies After Leukemia Battle; Comedian was 57

Carla Harmon
April 18, 2017

Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy, who stepped out of his brother Eddie's shadow as a talent in his own right, has died at 57, according to his publicist.

While brother to famed comedian Eddie Murphy, it would be a mistake to simply refer to him as "Eddie Murphy's brother".

"Wow.... This is insane", Kevin Hart posted on Instagram.

In an interview with Variety a year ago, Eddie Murphy spoke about his brother after being told that Charlie's name comes up in a search of "Eddie Murphy impressions" online.

It featured Murphy recounting his adventures in the '80s (along with his famous brother's entourage) and his interactions with various celebrities from the era, including Rick James and Prince.

Thank you for not only being a friend but for believing in me when I was young in this comedy game.

Murphy is also remembered for his wonderful tale about the legendary musician, Prince, which was made into a skit for Chappelle Show. He also appeared alongside Ice Cube in "The Player's Club", which the rapper wrote and directed.

"We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time".

'Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy. But if we've learned anything from his larger-than-life stories from the road, we oughta get to celebrating this man's life.

TMZ is reporting that actor and comedian Charlie Murphy, who shot to prominence after iconic "Chapelle's Show" sketches has died.

In a statement to Variety, Murphy expressed the family's grief over his brother's death.

He is survived by their three children.

He famously worked alongside Eddie, 56, on Chappelle's Show and co-wrote the likes of Are We There Yet and The Boondocks.

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