Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Comedian Charlie Murphy dies at 57 after leukemia battle


Ice Cube wrote on his Twitter account: "Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy".

The older brother of Eddie Murphy, he had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments, the website quoted his manager as saying.

Murphy, Eddie's only sibling, was one of the writers for several of his brother's movies, including Norbit and A Vampire in Brooklyn.

Many stars took to social media to offer their condolences and to remember Charlie Murphy for his work as an entertainer. Instead, he carved a successful career for himself, and at times, was funnier than his brother, Eddie.

One sketch, in particular, Charlie Murphy's Hollywood Stories, was an enormous fan favorite. Murphy, a cast member of Chapelle's show, described encounters with singer Rick James at parties, as Chapelle played the funk musician on screen. "They called me up and I wasn't doing anything".

Sources claim the comedian's family would call him often to see how he was doing, nearly to the point where Charlie would joke that his family was being a bit needy.

His last tweet contained mindfulness advice: "One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible". We're not 100% sure when Charlie was diagnosed with Leukemia but we can only send out our thoughts and prayers to his family right now.

DL Hughley, who toured with Murphy and other comedians recently, tweeted: "After every gig, he rushed home to be with his kids".

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

Murphy will also be featured on the upcoming season of the Starz drama Power; EW revealed in January that he'll be playing an imprisoned nightclub owner-turned-drug lord.

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