Charlie Murphy, Chappelle Show star and Eddie Murphy’s older brother, has died, publicist Domenick Nati told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 57.
Murphy died from leukemia on Wednesday, Nati said.
Murphy became a household name through Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central skit show thanks to his amazing stories of interactions with other celebrities during the height of his brother’s fame in the 1980s. The most popular short turned into a skit about Rick James.
The comedian’s Twitter account sent a final note on Tuesday evening that read: “One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.”
Murphy also appeared in numerous movies, TV shows and even lent his voice to some video games.
“Terribly saddened … Charlie,” comedian Paul Mooney wrote.
Here is arguably Charlie’s most famous bit, when he tells us about the time he and brother Eddie and friends played Prince at basketball.