Charlie Murphy, esteemed comedian and actor, has died Wednesday morning (April 12) at age 57 according to TMZ. The reports came from his manager, who stated he lost his battle with leukemia. Publicist Domenick Nati later confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter. Murphy was allegedly going through chemotheraphy and passed away in a New York City hospital.
The Brooklyn native famously starred in classic films like Harlem Nights, Jungle Fever, The Players Club, Roll Bounce, The Perfect Holiday and more. His was most notable for his stint on Chappelle's Show from 2003-2006, where he was also a writer. The comedian's popular sketch “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” made pop culture history thanks to his encounter with Rick James that gave us the infamous quote: “I’m Rick James, bitch!” Murphy's other television roles included The Boondocks and Are We There Yet?
Along with being a successful comedian in his own right, Murphy was also known as the older brother of Eddie Murphy. He recently toured with fellow comedians Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley. Entertainment Weekly reported that Murphy landed a role on the upcoming season of the Starz drama Power. He'll be playing and imprisoned nightclub owner-turned-drug lord
See tributes from Charlie Murphy's friends and entertainers including George Lopez, Russell Simmons, Chance the Rapper and more below.
Charlie Murphy was such a kind, sweet, funny man. Damn. Incredible talent, even better man. RIP ❤— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 12, 2017
Charlie Murphy was a great man. God bless, we already miss you.— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) April 12, 2017
Just came out of meditation and learned that one of my friends and my biggest comedy idol passed. Damn I loved Charlie Murphy ❤❤❤❤🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) April 12, 2017
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