Charlie Murphy, comedian and brother of Eddie Murphy died early this morning in a New York hospital at the age of 57.
TMZ reported that the beloved funnyman lost his battle with lukemia on Wednesday morning. He had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment or the disease.
Charlie is most recognized for his co-starring roleon “Chappelle’s Show” including one of his most memorable skits, the night Charlie partied with Rick James and Prince.
…”I’m Rick James! Slap!”
Charlie co-wrote several of his brother Eddie’s movies including, Norbit, Vampire in Brooklyn and Are We There Yet?
His most recent stand up tours included partnering up with acts like Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley on “The Comedy Get Down.”
Charlie is predeceased by his wife Tisha Taylor Murphy, who passed from cervical cancer in 2009. The couple have two children and Charlie has another from a previous relationship.
May he rest in peace.