Charlie Murphy has passed away at the age of 57 following a battle with leukemia.
Yesterday, Charlie Murphy’s manager confirmed the comedian and actor had passed away at a New York City hospital after a battle with leukemia. Murphy had been undergoing chemotherapy to treat the illness.
The comedian’s younger brother Eddie Murphy has released a statement on behalf of the family. “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,” he said in a statement to Variety. “Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”
Murphy started appearing in films during the late ’80s and early ’90s, but it was his role on Chapelle’s Show, where he told stories of encounters with the likes of Prince and Rick James, which he is most known for.
Various celebrities have offered their condolences following news of Charlie Murphy’s death.
We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time . Charlie Murphy RIP. pic.twitter.com/AAwItp5AJC
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 12, 2017
Charlie Murphy was a great man. God bless, we already miss you.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) April 12, 2017
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 pic.twitter.com/yChjFtSDH4
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 12, 2017
Prayers Up for the Murphy family. Loved being around & working with Charlie!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 12, 2017
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) April 13, 2017