Beloved actor and comedian Charlie Murphy passed after a battle with Leukemia. Charlie’s manager confirmed that he passed Wednesday (April 12th) at a hospital in New York City and that the he had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for some time. He was 57.
Charlie Murphy, older brother of fellow comedian/actor Eddie Murphy, made his big screen debut in Harlem Nights in 1989. Since then, he has appeared in many films, including The Players Club, Mo’ Better Blues, and Jungle Fever. Murphy also co-wrote Vampires in Brooklyn and 2007’s Norbit, as stated by Rolling Stone. However, his most notable appearance was on The Chappelle Show, where he told his “True Hollywood Story” and resulted to be the show’s most memorable sketches.
“Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie,” his family shared in a statement. “Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed.”
Along with Murphy’s family, many actors and comedians mourned the sudden loss of the cherished comedian.
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
My Late Brother-The Very Funny Charlie Murphy. This Is Pic Is From JUNGLE FEVER, Charlie Was… https://t.co/0MT7mSrvVy
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) April 12, 2017
Charlie Murphy was such a kind, sweet, funny man. Damn. Incredible talent, even better man. RIP ❤
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 12, 2017
A story from Charlie Murphy. Rest in peace, Sir. pic.twitter.com/GmR3RL7o9Z
— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) April 12, 2017
Murphy leaves behind two children that he shared with his wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy. Following a battle with cervical cancer, Taylor Murphy left him widowed in 2009. In death, he also leaves behind another child he had from a previous relationship.
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