Comedian Charlie Murphy dies at 57

Comedian Charlie Murphy, who was known for his toast making style of joke telling, died of Leukemia at a NY hospital on Wednesday, TMZ reported. He hosted the segment Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories, which included one sketch where he, brother Eddie Murphy and friends played a game of basketball and had pancakes with Prince at his Paisley Park home. Murphy provided the voice for Spock on the G4TV's Star Trek 2.0 shorts, and the dog in his younger brother Eddie's 2007 film Norbit, which he also co-wrote.

His wife of 12 years, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died from cancer in 2009. They had two children, and he had another from a previous relationship.

Murphy earned a tremendous fan base as a writer for "Chappelle's Show", on which he frequently appeared in sketches alongside star Dave Chappelle.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated Charlie Murphy's role on Chappelle's Show.

Murphy, older brother of actor-comedian Eddie Murphy, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 of leukemia in NY. He has since appeared in comedies such as the "Chappelle's Show", "Lottery Ticket", "Hawaii Five-0" and his own sketch comedy series "Charlie Murphy's Crash Comedy" on Crackle.

One sketch in particular, Charlie Murphy's Hollywood Stories, was an vast fan favourite.

One day before his death, Murphy tweeted: "One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible".

He could say anything and make people laugh.

Murphy probably could have just coasted off the being the guy who turned "I'm Rick James, bitch" into a catchphrase.

"Just came out of meditation and learned that one of my friends and my biggest comedy idol passed", he wrote.

  • Salvatore Jensen