American comedian Charlie Murphy and the older brother of actor Eddie Murphy, has passed away from leukemia at the age of 57.
The comedian’s rep has confirmed the sad news on Wednesday. Murphy was 57, and the older brother of comedic legend Eddie Murphy.
A loss for comedy:
Charlie Murphy, who was a successful stand-up, was the former star of the “Chappelle’s Show.” He rose to fame thanks to the famous sketch show. He used to tell stories about his brother and other celebrities like Rick James that the duo used to hang out with.
Murphy, who was a New York City native, was also featured in a wide array of shows and movies like “Jungle Fever,” “Night at the Museum” and “Lottery Ticket.” His latest project was working on the show “Power” on Starz.
The acclaimed comic also went on tours with industry greats like D.L. Hughley and George Lopez.
After the news of his death broke, his colleagues and other comedians went on social media to offer their respects.
Outpour of love:
Chris Rock wrote on Twitter: “We just lost one of the funniest, most real brothers of all time. Charlie Murphy RIP.”
While Samuel L. Jackson tweeted: “Prayers Up for the Murphy family. Loved being around and working with Charlie.”
The Murphy family issued a statement saying: “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.”
Charlie Murphy went to Hollywood to work as a bodyguard for Eddie at the beginning of his career. He had said that he loved Eddie so much and found him so funny that he didn’t hesitate to confront people who did not laugh during his appearances.