Charlie Murphy (1959 - 2017)

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 17, 2017

Several media sources report Wednesday that Charlie Murphy, a comedy writer and performer perhaps best known for his part in Chappelle's Show, has died at age 57 after a battle with leukemia. "We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us".

Charlie famously co-starred on "Chappelle's Show" in some of Dave's most memorable skits ... including the nights Charlie partied with Rick James and Prince.

Comedian Chris Rock and former basketball star Magic Johnson were among those to pay tribute to Murphy.

As a comic, he also went on tour with greats like D.L. Hughley and George Lopez.

Murphy also appeared in numerous movies, TV shows and even lent his voice to some video games. After Chappelle left the show in 2005, Murphy (along with cast member Donnell Rawlings) briefly took over hosting duties for the show's truncated third season.

In an interview with Variety previous year, Eddie Murphy spoke about his brother after being told that Charlie's name comes up in a search of "Eddie Murphy impressions" online.

One day before his death, Murphy tweeted: "One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible".

- CedricTheEntertainer (@CedEntertainer) April 12, 2017Just came out of meditation and learned that one of my friends and my biggest comedy idol passed.

And in a 2009 interview with Essence, Charlie spoke of his pride for his younger brother, saying: 'I've never felt like I was living in anyone's shadow. Damn I loved Charlie Murphy ❤❤❤❤.

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

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