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Charlie Murphy dead at 57, suffered from leukemia for years

13 April 2017 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy, died from leukemia after battling it for years at the age of 57.

His representative, Domenick Nati, confirmed that the comedian lost his battle to the illness. The Murphy family also released a statement about Charlie’s death, which reads in part: “Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie. Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”

Charlie performed on “The Chappelle Show,” the Comedy Central sketch show. He worked as a writer and an actor. He is also best known for his “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” wherein he talked about his encounter with different stars like Prince and Rick James. He also wrote for the movies of Eddie such as “Vampire in Brooklyn” and “Norbit.”

It remained unknown for how long has Charlie been battling leukemia. His wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died in 2009 due to cervical cancer. He is survived by his three children and his brother Eddie.

Many of the friends of Charlie took to Twitter and Instagram to offer their condolences. His “The Chappelle Show” co-actor, Donnell Rawlings, said on his IG post that Charlie will be missed but never forgotten. Chris Rock took to Twitter to say they lost one of the funniest and most real brothers of all time. Ice Cube tweeted, “Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy. He took a chance on a young director in The Player's Club. Always made me laugh. RIP.”

Aside from working on movies and sketches, he also lent his voice to “The Boondocks” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” He also lent his voice to the game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”

Charlie was supposed to appear on the next season of “Power.” It is unclear if there have been scenes that were shot wherein he was part of for the series.

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