Charlie Murphy, comedian and actor, dead at 57

Charlie Murphy, a performer on "The Chappelle Show" and Eddie Murphy's older brother, has died.

Comedian Charlie Murphy has died after battling leukemia.

TMZ reported that Murphy's manager confirmed his passing on Wednesday in a New York City hospital, blaming his death on his fight against cancer.

Murphy was undergoing chemotherapy at the time of his death.

The "Chappelle's Show" comedian passed away on Wednesday at the age of 57 after a battle with leukaemia.

With his true story of past encounters with Rick James, Charlie Murphy helped to take the "Chappelle's Show" to another level. In these sketches, Murphy recounted his misadventures as part of his brother Eddie's entourage, including encounters with a plethora of high profile and iconic celebrities such as Rick James and Prince. In the skit, Murphy describes the experience of losing to Prince in a basketball game while Chappelle portrays the musician in a re-enactment of the story.

Charlie and Eddie, 56, have collaborated in the past; Charlie co-wrote some of Eddie's films, including Norbit and Vampire in Brooklyn.

Murphy was remembered online by his fans and friends, which included many famous names.

Aside from his lengthy touring career as a stand-up comic, Murphy also appeared in various TV shows and movies, including Are We There Yet? and The Boondocks.

Murphy is survived by three children. "Charlie Murphy RIP", Chris Rock wrote on social media.

50 Cent took to Instagram, where he uploaded a picture of Charlie and captioned it: "R.I.P to my man Charlie Murphy".

Murphy's death rocked the entertainment world and led to an outpour of condolences from numerous comedian's friends and admirers.

  • Arturo Norris