Charles “Charlie” Murphy has passed away at the young age of 57. The comedian has died in a New York City hospital after his battle with leukemia on Wednesday morning (4/12/17). He’d been undergoing chemotherapy.
Family members state that they’re absolutely shocked, as they thought he was getting better. It is said the family would call him frequently and he’d joke saying they were calling him too much.
Eddie Murphy and his family have addressed the loss of their loved one:
“Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle, and friend Charlie,” the Murphy family said in a statement. “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. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”
Tragically, Charlie’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died in 2009 from cervical cancer. They had 2 children together and he had a child from a previous relationship as well.
Charlie is best known for his work as a writer and performer on the sketch comedy series “Chappelle’s Show”. Charlie Murphy also worked with his younger brother Eddie on the script for Norbit and voiced Lloyd the dog in the movie. His catalog also includes “Vampire in Brooklyn”, “Are We There Yet?”, “The Boondocks”, “Meet The Blacks” and “Black Jesus”. He recently toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin and D.L. Hughley on “The Comedy Get Down.”
His voice was unmistakable and commanded your attention, leaving you hanging on to his every word. He will truly be missed.