Charlie Murphy, Eddie Murphy’s older brother dies of leukaemia

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Eddie and Charlie. Source:  usatoday.com

The world of entertainment is in mourning over the loss of the icon Charlie Murphy, Eddie Murphy‘s older brother who enjoyed huge success as a popular comedian in his own right.

According to Charlie’s manager, he died aged 57 from leukaemia early on Wednesday morning 12 of April in a hospital in New York.

Reports have it that the celebrity has been undergoing chemotherapy for some time.

TMZ, reports that family members told them that they’re absolutely shock, because they thought he was getting better.

The family is also said to be in contact with him, and would call him frequently, and he’d even joke they were.

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Without Charlie Murphy, we’d have no “I’m Rick James, (expletive)!” or Prince pancake memes. And we wouldn’t want to live in that world. (Photo: Michael Schwartz)

He is famous for co-starring on Chappelle’s Show in some of Dave Chappelle‘s most memorable comedy skits, including the nights Charlie partied with Rick James and PrinceAre We There Yet?, The Boondocks and Black Jesus, and is said to have co-written some of Eddie Murphy’s movies, like Vampire in Brooklyn and Norbit.

Many have taken to social media- especially twitter- to express their sympathy over the loss.

Kevin Hart taking to his Instagram page to write:Wow….This is crazy. All I can say is RIP. Thank you for not only being a friend but for believing in me when I was young in this comedy game. Charlie Murphy did the rewrite for the first movie that I ever did called “Paper Soldiers”…. His stories were legendary & unbelievable & heartfelt. I’m lucky to have know you and I’m even luckier to be able to say that I was a friend. You will be missed man. #RIPCharlieMurphy

Charlie’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died in 2009 from cervical cancer. They had two children, and he had another from a previous relationship.

From WE JACKSONITES, Rest in peace, Charlie!

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