Charlie Murphy, Eddie’s older brother, and a very successful and popular stand-up comedian in his own right has died suddenly. He was a legend in the comedy world.
According to Charlie’s manager, he died from leukemia Wednesday morning in New York City. He was only 57-years-old.
He was in a hospital at the time, where he had been getting chemotherapy treatment. Everyone is in shock about his death, including family members — many had been kept in the dark about his illness. Those who knew had been told that he was close to recovery.
According to The Blaze, family would call Murphy frequently to check in on him. They were never told that his health was getting worse.
Charlie famously co-starred on “Chappelle’s Show” in some of Dave’s most memorable skits … including the nights Charlie partied with Rick James and Prince.
Charlie also co-wrote some of Eddie Murphy’s movies, like “Norbit” and “Vampire in Brooklyn.” He co-starred in “Are We There Yet?,” “The Boondocks” and “Black Jesus.”
He recently toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley on “The Comedy Get Down.”
Charlie’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died in 2009 from cervical cancer. They had 2 children, and he had another from a previous relationship.
We’re sending our thoughts and prayers to the Murphy family at this time.