By: Danie B
Charlie Murphy, comedian, actor, and older brother of Eddie Murphy has died.
According to TMZ, the comedian had been battling Leukemia, and he died in a New York City hospital early Wednesday morning.
Charlie is probably best known for his work on The Chappelle Show’s most memorable skits, recounting the nights when he partied with Prince and Rick James.
He also co-starred in Are We There Yet, The Boondocks, and Black Jesus; and he co-wrote some of Eddie’s movies like Norbit and Vampire In Brooklyn.
More recently Charlie was touring with George Lopez, D.L. Hughley and Cedric The Entertainer on The Comedy Get Down, that was just in Orlando back in February.
When I still lived in Albany, New York, I actually had the opportunity to interview Charlie, and see him perform at The Comedy Get Down. From what I know, Charlie was extremely down to earth, humble, and of course funny. He spoke with deep passion about his kids and how much he loved them, and he even talked about his love for comedy and how he got started.
I now feel honored knowing that even though he’s gone, I got a chance to chat with him and see a side of him most people rarely get to see.
Charlie was 57 years old, and he has four children, two of which are with his wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy who died of cervical cancer back in 2009.
Here’s how social media is reacting to Charlie’s death.