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Actor, comedian, voice-over artist, and brother of Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy died on Wednesday (April 12) at a hospital in New York City. Murphy was 57.
Domenick Nati, his publicist, said the cause of his death was leukemia.
Murphy was born on July 12, 1959, in Brooklyn to Charles Edward and Lillian Murphy. Murphy’s career started in the late 1980s. Most of his roles were small bits in films. Years later, he became best known for a part on Dave Chappelle’s sketch-comedy series “Chappelle’s Show.” The show was broadcasted on Comedy Central from 2003 to 2006.
His famous sketches titled “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” included Murphy telling stories of his personal encounters with famous stars like Rick James and Prince. The encounters were later confirmed true by Prince and James.
Murphy’s first major film role occurred in 1993 in the film CB4. The movie was based on a fictional rap group and also featured Chris Rock.
Murphy’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, passed away of cancer in 2009. The couple had two children together plus he had a third child from a previous relationship. His children, his brother Eddie, and his legendary body of work will keep him remembered forever.
Murphy’s family released a statement regarding his passing below.
“Our 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. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us,” the family said.
Sources: nytimes.com & vibe.com