Eddie Murphy on His Brother Charlie: He Is My Best Impression

Hollywood is mourning the passing of Charlie Murphy, a gifted comedian who died of leukemia Wednesday at age 57.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Murphy family issued the following statement:

“Our hearts are heavy with the loss today 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.”

Variety interviewed Eddie last September, where he spoke lovingly about his older brother.


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“Charlie is actually my best impression,” Eddie revealed, after learning Charlie was among the top results when “Eddie Murphy impressions” is googled.

“I’ve been doing him since I was two or three. He was my first impression,” Eddie added. “I wish he would get famous because people could see this great impression that I do.”

Of course, Charlie was famous in his own right, starring on and writing for “Chappelle’s Show.” Charlie was also slated to appear on the upcoming season of “Power” on Starz.

Watch the video here or above (jump to the 1:15 mark).

In a 2009 interview with Essence, Charlie spoke about his relationship with Eddie.

“I’ve never felt like I was living in anyone’s shadow,” the elder Murphy said. “My life was what it was. I was always proud of my brother. He helped me tremendously, but we’re family so we were never in his shadow.”

Charlie was Eddie’s only sibling. He’s survived by three children; two with his wife Tisha, who sadly died of cervical cancer in 2009.

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  1. Lisa says:

    Rip Charlie Murphy you will be truly missed by many and to the Murphy may God continue to be a healer and comforter to you all during your time of grievances.

  2. Siri says:

    Sad R.I.P. Charlie and his wife both died to cancer.

  3. Omar says:

    wow, reading the comment Eddie made about doing an impression of his brother since he was 3, that hit me heavy.

  4. Roni says:

    RIP to my homie Charlie. BTW Eddie isn’t his only sibling. They have a younger brother, Vernon Lynch.

  5. Glenda Rivera says:

    My prayers are with his family.I’m so sad He was a very funny man.I loved him in Dave Capelle show .R.i.P.🌹

  6. Deborah says:

    That smile will always sty with me, RIP Mr Charlie Murphy

  7. Mamatrice says:

    Charlie and Eddie Murphy have another brother, Vernon Lynch. Eddie Murphy has talked about him in his stand up routines.

  8. Tonya says:

    They have a younger brother name Vernon Lynch Jr. From their mother’s second marriage. If you ever watched Raw. You would have known this. Eddie spoke about his brothers, Charlie and Vernon and his step dad that raised him Vernon Sr.

  9. Michelle says:

    I didn’t know he had a brother. The worse part about getting older is losing siblings and others you love. RIP.

  10. Angela Hickman says:

    Eddie and Charlie have another brother, Vernon.

  11. SapphireLady says:

    This is so very sad. We have lost another good actor and comedian!!
    God bless and comfort his children . First the mom of cancer, now the dad.
    Condolences to his children and his brother Eddie Murphy. May God give them strength!!!!
    Charlie you will never be forgotten, for the world will miss your talents and your infectious smile.

  12. Mr.King says:

    Vernon Lynch is Eddie and Charlie Murphy’s younger brother.

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