Charlie Murphy, a comedian known for his work on “Chappelle’s Show” who was Eddie Murphy’s older brother, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, of leukemia, according to multiple news sources. He was 57.
Murphy achieved renown as a writer and cast member of Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show” in 2003-4. He is well-remembered for a series of skits, “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” in which his tales of exploits with the likes of Prince and Rick James were dramatized.
After “Chappelle’s Show,” Murphy appeared in movies such as 2006’s “Night at the Museum” and 2007’s “Norbit,” which he co-wrote with his younger brother, Eddie Murphy. He also toured extensively as a stand-up comic and appeared on television shows including “The Boondocks,” “Are We There Yet,” and “Black Jesus.”
Many celebrities paid tribute to the comedian on social media.
Chris Rock: “We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time. Charlie Murphy RIP.”
Gabrielle Union: “Charlie Murphy was such a kind, sweet, funny man. Damn. Incredible talent, even better man. RIP”
Ice Cube: “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”
George Lopez: “I’m heartbroken at the passing of our brother Charlie. In relationships you never want to leave anything unsaid , our conversations before shows and after shows we all told each other and Charlie how we felt ! Keep his family in your thoughts and in your prayers and keep a space for Charlie in you’re heart.”
Murphy is survived by three children. His wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, preceded him in death in 2009.