Legendary comedian Charlie Murphy has succumbed to his battle with Leukemia, according to TMZ. Murphy, who is the older brother of Eddie, died Wednesday morning in an NYC hospital. He’d been going undergoing chemotherapy. According to the site, family members were “absolutely shocked” because they thought he was getting better.
Charlie became a fave in the comedy circuit with roles in films like ‘Roll Bounce’, ‘Harlem Nights’, and ‘The Players Club’. He also toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley on “The Comedy Get Down.” But it was his story-telling on ‘The Dave Chappelle Show’ that made us fall in love. The groundbreaking ‘Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories’ is on our list as memorable television moments that will never get old.
The 57-year-old leaves behind three children.
Celebrity friends share their thoughts on Charlie’s death.
Charlie Murphy was a great man. God bless, we already miss you.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) April 12, 2017
Wow….This is crazy. All I can say is RIP. Thank you for not only being a friend but for believing in me when I was young in this comedy game. Charlie Murphy did the rewrite for the first movie that I ever did called “Paper Soldiers”….His stories were legendary & unbelievable & heartfelt. I’m lucky to have know you and I’m even luckier to be able to say that I was a friend. You will be missed man. #RIPCharlieMurphy
Charlie Murphy was such a kind, sweet, funny man. Damn. Incredible talent, even better man. RIP ❤
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 12, 2017
We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time . Charlie Murphy RIP. pic.twitter.com/AAwItp5AJC
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 12, 2017
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) April 12, 2017
I love you my brother! R.I.P Charlie pic.twitter.com/ZMCQ2jq2r1
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) April 12, 2017
Today we lost a #RealOne. @therealcharliemurphy was a bad man and funny af. He was honest and straight shooter, no BS kinda dude, awesome Father and family man. Had a gregarious laugh that would make you laugh, he stood on his own 2 feet as a man and as a comic even in the shadows of the brother of one of the greatest to have ever done it. Listening to Charlie tell stories of his life was truly one of my greatest past times. It’s why I love this pic. Touring with him these past few years on the #ComedyGetDown was indeed an honor. Though I am sadden by your passing. I pray for all of your loved ones his children and that his soul Rest In Peace. Love you brother C.T.E
This is a text message that Charlie sent us from a recent @comedygetdown Show @realdlhughley @cedtheentertainer ” Great seeing you guys and living the magic last night. Great show brothers!!!!! ( I’m heartbroken at the passing of our brother Charlie . In relationships you never want to leave anything unsaid , our conversations before shows and after shows we all told each other and Charlie how we felt ! Keep his family in your thoughts and in your prayers and keep a space for Charlie in you’re heart #Chingon I love you Charlie .#CHARLIEMURPHY 👊🏽
Blessed to have worked w/ my Brother for years, my friend; a God fearing man that feared no man Irreplaceable One Of a Kind Charlie Murphy🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/NZFZOa7vK9
— Eddie Griffin (@EddieGriffinCom) April 12, 2017
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