Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Comedian Charlie Murphy, Brother Of Eddie, Dies At 57

Comedian Charlie Murphy, Brother Of Eddie, Dies At 57

Charlie Murphy, the eldest brother of actor-comedian Eddie Murphy, has passed away from leukemia at age 57.

Charlie rocketed to mainstream fame after appearing on Chappelle's Show in a number of memorable sketches. "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", the Trading Places star said.

Thank you Charlie Murphy for that gift. "We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for al of us".

Fellow comedians and actors have been paying tribute to Murphy on social media. I laugh until it hurts.

To pay homage to the man who impacted the culture so greatly, we highlight some of Charlie Murphy's funniest moments to hit the big and small screens in the last 20 years. He is well-remembered for a series of skits, Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories, in which his tales of exploits with the likes of Prince and Rick James were dramatized. Murphy was born on July 12, 1959, in Brooklyn. "We were fortunate to have worked with him", the network said in a statement.

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"We just lose one of the funniest most real brothers of all time", tweeted out Chris Rock when he heard of his passing. The series served as a launchpad for Charlie Murphy to share past experiences with pop-culture icons such as Prince and Rick James, and they became recurring cornerstones of the show.

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Charlie's wife Tisha Taylor Murphy died in 2009 after her own battle with cancer.

The comedian's Twitter account sent a final note Tuesday evening that read: "One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible".

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