Wednesday 17 January 2018

Comedian Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie, dies at 57

Comedian Charlie Murphy, who has died aged 57 (AP)
Comedian Charlie Murphy, who has died aged 57 (AP)

Comedy stand-up performer Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy, has died at the age of 57.

Murphy died on Wednesday in New York of leukaemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati.

He was perhaps best-known for his appearances on Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central.

He collaborated with writing his brother's starring films Norbert and Vampire In Brooklyn.

He voiced a role in the animated TV series that include The Boondocks and also appeared in the comedy series Black Jesus.

Fellow celebrities mourned his death.

Comedian Chris Rock tweeted: "We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time."

Former basketball great Magic Johnson said on Twitter: "I haven't seen anything as funny as Charlie Murphy & Dave Chappelle's skits on the Chappelle's Show!"

Hamilton playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted that Murphy was a "HABITUAL line-stepper..." whose "storytelling was hilarious and unforgettable".

Murphy's feature films include Our Family Wedding, King's Ransom and CB4.

He is credited with appearances to air later this year on the TV drama series Power.


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