According to Charlie’s manager, he died from leukemia Wednesday morning in a NYC hospital. He’d been going undergoing chemotherapy. Family members tell us they’re absolutely shocked because they thought he was getting better.
We’re told the family would call him frequently, and he’d even joke they were calling too much.
Actor and comedian Charlie Murphy has reportedly passed away at the age of 57, according to his manager. Murphy was the older brother of comedic legend Eddie Murphy, and was a successful stand-up comedian on his own, most notably performing iconic sketches in Chappelle’s Show and helping write his brother’s film Norbit. The older Murphy also starred in popular animated comedy The Boondocks and toured with notable acts like Eddie Griffin and Cedric the Entertainer. According to the late comic’s manager, Murphy was battling leukemia and had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Charlie also co-wrote some of Eddie Murphy’s movies, like “Norbit” and “Vampire in Brooklyn.” He co-starred in “Are We There Yet?,” “The Boondocks” and “Black Jesus.”
He recently toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley on “The Comedy Get Down.”
Charlie’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died in 2009 from cervical cancer. They had 2 children, and he had another from a previous relationship.
Charlie was 57.