Comedian Charlie Murphy, older brother of actor Eddie Murphy, has died of leukemia. He was a stand-up comedian in his own right and was best known for his sketches in the Chappelle Show.
The 57-year-old also worked with younger brother Eddie, co-writing the films Norbit and Vampire In Brooklyn. In a statement, his family said “their hearts are heavy with loss”.
They added: “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.”
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Murphy had recently been filming episodes of the crime drama Power, which are due to be aired later this year. Starz TV, the channel which broadcasts the series, said in a statement: “His talent shines in every scene.”
The performer’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died from cervical cancer in December 2009. He is survived by three children.