After a long battle with leukemia, the beloved Charlie Murphy passed away Wednesday morning. According to TMZ, 57-year-old Murphy was undergoing chemotherapy to treat his cancer but lost the fight in a New York hospital. Not only was Murphy a legendary comedian, but he also specialized in voice acting as well. But what people know him most for, and will never forget, is when he appeared on Chapelle’s Show and relived the days when he partied with Rick James and Prince.
Charlie Murphy dies at 57 after battling leukemia
In like manner of his brother Eddie, Charlie is a celebrated comedian and actor. In addition to hosting films such as Harlem Nights and Jungle Fever, Murphy also voiced in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Boondocks, and more.
Charlie wasn’t just a brother, but he was also a father, uncle, friend, and a son. The Murphy family released the following statement:
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.
Murphy is due to appear in the new season of the Starz series Power. The network also wrote a statement regarding Charlie’s passing:
Starz sends our deepest condolences to Charlie’s family and friends. He joined “Power’” for our upcoming season, and his talent shines in every scene. We were fortunate to have worked with him.
Charlie Murphy’s best moments
Dave Chapelle Show part one
Dave Chapelle Show part two
Recently, Murphy went on tour with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley as part of the Comedy Get Down Tour.
But what people will always remember him for is his appearance on Dave Chapelle’s Chapelle’s Show, where he relived the time he partied with Rick James and Prince in a skit.
Notably, Charlie also took part in a hilarious sketch, telling the story of the time he lost to Prince at basketball. And how afterward, Prince served him pancakes.
Aside from his work on Dave Chapelle’s show, Charlie also co-wrote several movies that his brother starred in, including Norbit and Vampire in Brooklyn. He even played in a few movies of his own, such as Are We There Yet? and The Boondocks.
Murphy certainly impacted the lives of many. Not just his fans and family, but also the people who had the pleasure of working with him. May he rest in peace.