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Charlie Murphy Dies at Age 57

The comedian, actor, and older brother of Eddie Murphy has passed away after a battle with leukemia.

16 hours ago, the actor and comedian Charlie Murphy posted what would become his final tweet:

TMZ broke the news that the older brother of Eddie Murphy passed away while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia at a New York City hospital. The report also stated that his death shocked family members, as they all believed his condition was improving.

The news of Murphy’s death comes as a blow to the comedy world, where Murphy held a legendary status. He was most known for his regular role on Chapelle’s Show, which is where he developed his iconic “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” segment. It was during this segment that Murphy told the story that would ultimately become one of his claims to fame. According to Murphy, he and a few friends once played a basketball game against Prince and his entourage in the 1980s. Besides mentioning how surprised he was at Prince’s basketball skills, he also claimed that the star made everyone pancakes afterwards. Prince later went on the record and said the entire story was true, even the breakfast.

Eddie Murphy and Charlie Murphy during Los Angeles Premiere of DreamWorks Pictures' 'NORBIT' at The Village in Westwood, California, United States.
Eddie Murphy and Charlie Murphy during Los Angeles Premiere of DreamWorks Pictures’ ‘NORBIT’ at The Village in Westwood, California, United States.

Besides being a talented comedian, Murphy was also a devoted brother. Ryan Parker of The Hollywood Reporter wrote:

The actor and comedian was on record as saying he was a hothead when he worked as a bodyguard for his brother. He said he loved Eddie so much, and thought he was so funny, that he would pick fights with people who did not laugh at his brother’s jokes when he performed.

Murphy actually co-wrote some of the movies his brother starred in, like Vampire in Brooklyn (2002) and Norbit (2007). He also starred in a few iconic comedic flicks of his own – who could forget Are We There Yet? (2005)

One of his most recent career moves was a stand-up tour with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez, and D.L. Hughley called “The Comedy Get Down Tour.”

He leaves behind three children, two of which he had with late wife Tisha Taylor Murphy, who passed away in 2009 from cervical cancer.

His death has been met with an outpouring of love from colleagues, friends, and fans alike:

 

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