Charlie Murphy, the older brother of actor Eddie Murphy and a comedy stand-up performer in his own right, has died from leukaemia.
Murphy was perhaps best-known for his appearances on Chappelle’s Show, Dave Chappelle’s skit show that aired on Comedy Central in the early 2000s.
He was 57.
Charlie had leukemia and was undergoing chemotherapy. According to TMZ, Murphy’s family was shocked by the death, believing that his condition was improving with treatment.
Comics, such as Chris Rock and David Alan Grier, shared their thoughts and condolences for Murphy on social media:
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
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
Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy. He took a chance on a young director in The Player’s Club. Always made me laugh. RIP pic.twitter.com/yChjFtSDH4
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 12, 2017