Comedian Charlie Murphy Dies at 57

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.

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.”

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

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