Eddie Murphy pays tribute to brother Charlie following his death, aged 57

Danny Woods
April 21, 2017

Comedian and screenwriter Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy, died Wednesday of leukemia at age 57, according to multiple media outlets. In a series of sketches called "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories", he would share tales of '80s Hollywood, including his and his brother's interactions with Rick James and Prince. In the skit, Murphy describes the experience of losing to Prince in a basketball game while Chappelle portrays the musician in a re-enactment of the story.

The Chappelle's Show star's family released a statement regarding Murphy's passing after the news was confirmed.

The comic, known for his sketches on Chappelle's Show, died in NY of leukaemia.

Murphy's agent William Rodriguez was not immediately available for comment.

Charlie's wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, passed away after a lengthy battle with cervical cancer in 2009. He also co-wrote hit TV series "Black Jesus" and the animated series "The Boondocks".

The stand-up comedian and older brother of fellow comedian Eddie Murphy rose to fame with his appearances on Chapelle's Show between 2003 and 2004.

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Rapper Ice Cube then took to his own account to say: "Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy".

In a statement to Variety, Murphy expressed the family's grief over his brother's death.

Murphy starred on comedian Dave Chappelle's show and also appeared in films including Jungle Fever, Night at the Museum and Lottery Ticket. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers.

"Charlie Murphy was such a kind, sweet, amusing man". Always made me laugh.

He is survived by three children.

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