Comedian Charlie Murphy Dies at 57

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Charlie Murphy, a performer on “The Chappelle Show” and Eddie Murphy’s older brother, has died. His rep Domenick Nati confirmed to Variety that the star lost his battle with leukemia. He was 57.

Murphy lent his comedic talents to the Comedy Central sketch show as both a writer and an actor.

His “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” sketch replayed encounters with various celebs such as Rick James and Prince when he was a member of his brother’s entourage.


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The elder Murphy — sometimes credited as Charles Murphy — also served as a writer on his brother’s movies, including “Vampire in Brooklyn” and “Norbit.”

He was also an accomplished voiceover actor, working on “The Boondocks,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Murphy was slated to appear on the next season of “Power.”

“Starz sends our deepest condolences to Charlie’s family and friends. He joined ‘Power’ for our upcoming season, and his talent shines in every scene. We were fortunate to have worked with him,” the network said in a statement.

Celebrities paid tribute to the late actor on Twitter.

Chris Rock tweeted, “We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time . Charlie Murphy RIP.”

Added Ice Cube, “he always made me laugh.”

Tributes poured in from the comedy community.

DL Hughley talked about Murphy the family man, explaining “after every gig, he rushed home to be with his kids.” Sadly, Murphy’s wife also died of cancer in 2009.

Fellow comedian Dane Cook echoed their statements, calling him a “really nice really funny guy.”

The Department of Defense even paid tribute to Murphy, who served in the Navy.

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  1. John Mortimer says:

    The aforementioned Comedy Central show was entitled “Chappelle’s Show,” not “The Chappelle Show.” Don’t you have proofreaders? If you do, are they always so lax or just with black celebrity deaths?

  2. Oh my favourite actor

    I will never forget you

    I will kepp on praying

    That God will keep you

    In parfect place of rest

    In Jesus Name Amen!!!

  3. Nitisha judge says:

    To me he was a funny comedian and any movie he played he played it well my most of all time was player club so to hear about another black man con so sad give my condolence to his family’s. Love is love.

  4. Frank Charles Dodson says:

    My wife Barbara, and I consider Charlie Murphy as a member of our extended family, we miss him already, may God have captured his soul. Love, and peace, Frank, and Barbara Dodson.

  5. Sorry for your loss Eddie, your brother was so funny. Hold your head up and continue to make everybody laugh.

  6. Rest In Paradise ☁☁ Charlie Murphy, Bernie Mack, Richard Pryor,Great comedians gone to soon….I give my sincere condolences to all the families,lost to sickness, tragedy 🌷🌷🌷Time waits for no one!…. Gone To Soon…’Legends Of Comedy.

  7. Marie says:

    He was great on the Chappelle Show, Black Jesus and Boondocks.

  8. Demonterius Niblack says:

    Go Back Fort Pierce You See Shequita House Demonterius Beat Samya Bryant I Want River Phoenix Back To Life.

  9. Steve says:

    Heaven got a little bit funnier today

  10. David says:

    I hope they have pancakes in heaven

  11. Sir Winston says:

    RIP, CM: Gone too soon.

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