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

Comedian Charlie Murphy dies

Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy, who stepped out of his brother Eddie's shadow as a talent in his own right, has died at 57, according to his publicist. The news comes as a shock as family members told TMZ they thought he was improving.

Charlie Murphy is well known for appearing in many skits on the legendary Chappelle's Show including the famous skit involving Rick James and Prince.

Charlie also co-wrote some of Eddie Murphy's movies, like Norbit and Vampire in Brooklyn.

The actor has three children, including two with wife Tisha Taylor, who passed away following a battle with cancer in 2009.

Rest in peace, Charlie Murphy. He took a chance on a young director in The Player's Club. Always made me laugh. Prior to appearing on Chappelle's Show he appeared in the films Mo' Betta Blues, CB4, Jungle Fever and more.

Fellow comic Kevin Hart also shared some of their memories on social media.

"Wow.... This is insane", Kevin Hart posted on Instagram. "F- you. I don't even want you to be there".

Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 12, 2017#RIP to my man #CharlieMurphy we will ride for you bro.

Others like Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd, LL Cool J, Lil Yachty, and Gabrielle Union offered their condolences as well.

Starting out as his brother Eddie's bodyguard, Murphy eventually stepped in front of the camera in his bother's 1989 comedy Harlem Nights, garnering the interest of directors like Spike Lee.

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