Comedian Charlie Murphy dies from leukemia aged 57

Gwen Vasquez
April 20, 2017

As we previously reported, Charlie Murphy passed away today (April 12) after battling leukemia.

It's tremendously sad when anyone loses a battle with cancer, but the saddest part of Murphy's death seems to be that his death was unexpected.

In perhaps the most famous of those sketches, Charlie and Eddie Murphy meet up with singer Prince (played by show namesake Dave Chappelle), and a basketball game and pancake breakfast follow.

The comedian went on to co-write his brother's movies "Vampire in Brooklyn" and "Norbit". He also had a recurring segment on Comedy Central's Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories, where he recreated embarrassing moments meeting celebs, including Prince and Rick James.

Murphy, older brother of actor-comedian Eddie Murphy, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 of leukemia in NY.

Opening up about their relationship in 2009, Eddie insisted that he never felt threatened by his Murphy's astronomical success.

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The New York City born comic and actor starred on Chappelle's Show, Are We There Yet?, and has lent his voice to the animated series The Boondocks.

In a statement, his family said "their hearts are heavy with loss".

And Chance The Rapper shared his sadness at Charlie's passing, writing: "Charlie Murphy was a great man. God bless, we already miss you", whilst Russell Simmons paid tribute to his late pal.

Murphy's death rocked the entertainment world and led to an outpour of condolences from numerous comedian's friends and admirers.

May Charlie Murphy, and all the celebrities who died in 2017, rest in peace.

Fellow comedian and actor, Chris Rock expressed his sadness, saying, 'We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time.

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