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JUST IN: Comedians, Celebrities Mourn Charlie Murphy Following His Death Today

Charlie Murphy

Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comedy stand-up and performer in his own right, has died.

Murphy died Wednesday (April 12) in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. Murphy was 57.

He was perhaps best-known for his appearances on “Chappelle’s Show” on Comedy Central. After making his big screen debut in 1989’s Harlem Nights, directed by his younger brother Eddie, and appearing in bit roles in Spike Lee films like Mo’ Better Blues and Jungle Fever, Murphy’s big break came as a cast member on Chappelle’s Show, where “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” resulted in a pair of that series’ most memorable sketches.

Both sketches featured Murphy reminiscing about he and Eddie’s celebrity encounters in the Eighties, with Dave Chappelle portraying Rick James and Prince in the now-legendary sketches.

He collaborated with writing his brother’s starring films “Norbert” and “Vampire in Brooklyn.” He voiced roles in animated TV series that include “The Boondocks” and “Black Jesus.” Murphy’s feature films include “Our Family Wedding,” ”King’s Ransom” and “CB4.”

He is credited with appearances to air later this year on the TV drama series “Power.”

Comedians, actors and more paid their respects to Charlie Murphy.

We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time . Charlie Murphy RIP.

— Chris Rock (@chrisrock)

Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy. He took a chance on a young director in The Player’s Club. Always made me laugh. RIP

— Ice Cube (@icecube)

#RIP to my man #CharlieMurphy we will ride for you bro.. 1 ??

— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps)

Charlie Murphy was such a kind, sweet, funny man. Damn. Incredible talent, even better man. RIP ?

— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu)

Ooooh damn….so sorry to hear about #CharlieMurphy a stand up Brother…RIP Papa….

— Luis Guzman (@IamLuisGuzman)

Rest in Paradise my brother @charliemurphy

— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley)

Just came out of meditation and learned that one of my friends and my biggest comedy idol passed. Damn I loved Charlie Murphy ??????????

— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH)

Terribly saddened … Charlie

— Paul Mooney (@PaulEalyMooney)

There is no information at this time if his brother was with him at the time of his death. At this time, this is also no information of services.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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