Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Charlie Murphy Has Died

Charlie Murphy, the comedian, voice-over artist and older brother of the actor and comic Eddie Murphy, died on Wednesday at a hospital in New York City. He was 57.

His publicist, Domenick Nati, said the cause was leukemia. No other details were immediately available.

With his brother’s help, Mr. Murphy began his show-business career in the late 1980s, mostly taking bit roles in movies. Decades later, he became best known for a part on Dave Chappelle’s acclaimed sketch-comedy series “Chappelle’s Show,” which was broadcast on Comedy Central from 2003 to 2006.

In the fan-favorite series of sketches known as “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” which Mr. Murphy helped write, he would spoof himself, regaling viewers with stories of his encounters with celebrities like Rick James and Prince. Both Mr. James and Prince later confirmed that the skits were based in truth.


AndrewBW said...


dianavonthirstybird said...

His appearances on Dave's show always sent me into gales of laughter. He was far more talented than his brother. Did not know he had been ill because I don't have a TV. One look at his skinny frame and I would have immediately known he was not well. Recent photos say it all. His young wife died a few years ago, also from cancer. Hope there is someone to take care of his family. He will be missed by his legions of fans.

Marianne said...

@dianavonthirstybird you took the words right out of my mouth..RIP Charlie Murphy you will be sadly missed.

Scandi Sanskrit said...


Sd auntie said...

Loved his stories on Dave Chappelle. Very funny man. Feel really sad for his children

A nun said...

He had writing credits on Norbit and A Vampire In Brooklyn. Maybe not oscar-worthy, but he got a story put on film and they made good bank.


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