Comedian Charlie Murphy Dead At 57 Following Battle With Leukemia

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Charlie Murphy, comedian and brother to Eddie Murphy, died on Wednesday morning following a battle with leukemia, TMZ reports. He was 57.

Charlie’s manager confirmed the news to TMZ, noting that the he had been undergoing chemotherapy. He died in a New York City hospital.

The Huffington Post has reached out to his representative for more details.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1959, Charlie would go on to become a successful actor and comedian. Before breaking into the entertainment world, he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1978 and served for six years.

Charlie, like his brother, made a name for himself in comedy. One of his most famous appearances was in a skit on “Chappelle’s Show,â€Â about the night he partied with Prince. Many of his sketches on the show were among its most memorable.

Aside from his work on “Chappelle’s Show,†Charlie also co-wrote a couple of movies starring Eddie, including “Vampire in Brooklyn†and “Norbit,†and appeared in some films himself (â€The Boondocks,†“Are We There Yet?â€). In the late ’80s, Charlie had a brief career in rap, working behind the scenes as a songwriter with the K-9 Posse.

In 1997, the actor and comedian married Tisha Taylor, with whom he has two children; he also has another child from a previous relationship. Taylor died in 2009 following her own battle with cancer.

That same year, Charlie launched a comedy series on the video network, titled, “Charlie Murphy’s Crash Comedy,†and in 2010, his first stand-up special, “Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize,†premiered on Comedy Central.

Most recently, he was touring with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley as part of “The Comedy Get Down Tour.â€