Chappelle addressed the audience "Today, I got some awful news", he said. My good friend Charlie Murphy passed away this morning. As numerous entertainment communities and fans mourn the death of Murphy, Chappelle is among them as well.
Mayer also praised Murphy for authoring one of his favorite phrases, "habitual line-stepper". Murphy was best known for being a writer and cast member on "The Chappelle Show" and for starring in the television series "Power" produced by rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.
Chappelle ended up portraying the Purple Rain legend for the TV skit, in which Murphy recalled hilarious encounters with Hollywood stars, but it was a decision Prince later regretted.
"I had a sketch", Chappelle tells the screaming concert-goers.
"For me to start a comedy career after he established that was really a big risk", he said.
DL Hughley, who toured with Mr. Murphy and other comedians recently, tweeted: "After every gig, he rushed home to be with his kids". Try saying his name without saying it like Dave Chappelle-as-Rick James said it.
According to Relix.com, Mayer welcomed the stand-up comic on the stage during his final song "You're Gonna Live Forever in Me". "Loved being around and working with Charlie".
Zendaya posted, "Rest In Peace to the legend that is Charlie Murphy, thank you for always bringing us joy and laughter".
Nicole and Eddie Murphy were married for 12 years.