Charlie Murphy Has Passed Away After Battle With Cancer

Charlie Murphy Has Passed Away After Battle With Cancer

Charlie Murphy Has Passed Away After Battle With Cancer

Charlie Murphy, comedian and brother to well-known actor Eddie Murphy, died in a New York City hospital yesterday after a battle with leukemia at the age of 57.

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, 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".

The TMZ website quoted his manager as saying he died on Wednesday morning in hospital in NY. His wife Tisha Taylor Murphy, whom he married in 1997, died in 2009, also of cancer.

Nicole and Eddie Murphy were married for 12 years.

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