Charlie Murphy has died. The 57-year-old lost his battle with leukemia yesterday morning in New York City. Family members – including his younger brother, Eddie Murphy – are absolutely shocked because they thought he was getting better.
The family released a statement yesterday saying, “Our hearts are heavy with the loss…of our son, brother, father, uncle, and friend Charlie. 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. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”
Charlie was a successful comedian in his own right. He had recently been on the road with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez, and DL Hughley on “The Comedy Get Down.” He also co-starred in some of the most famous skits on “The Chappelle Show” – most notably the pieces about Rick James and Prince.
Charlie and Eddie had worked together in the past. The brothers co-wrote “Norbit” and “Vampire in Brooklyn.” He also had acting roles in “The Boondocks,” “Black Jesus,” and “Are We There Yet?,”
Murphy was preceded in death by his wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, who succumbed to cervical cancer in 2009. In addition to brother Eddie, he leaves behind their two children, a child from a previous relationship, and host of friends and colleagues who took to social media to mourn 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
This is a text message that Charlie sent us from a recent @comedygetdown Show @realdlhughley @cedtheentertainer " Great seeing you guys and living the magic last night. Great show brothers!!!!! ( 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 #Chingon I love you Charlie .#CHARLIEMURPHY 👊🏽
RIP Charlie Murphy. You will always be a legend pic.twitter.com/oWRlzX4WDq— Dave Chappelle (@ChappeIIeShow) April 13, 2017