Comedian Charlie Murphy of Chappelle’s Show Fame Dies at 57

Comedian Charlie Murphy of Chappelle’s Show Fame Dies at 57

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Well-known comedian Charlie Murphy died Wednesday in New York City at the age of 57. Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy, died of leukemia.

Murphy is most known for his comedic segment on Chappelle’s Show, “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” during which he reenacted celebrity encounters he and his brother had in the late 80’s.

Throughout his decades-long career, Murphy has acted in films such as Eddie Murphy’s Harlem Nights, Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues and Jungle Fever, Ice Cube’s Players Club, and in the show Black Jesus. He’s also had a voice role in the animated series Black Dynamite.

Murphy lost his wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, in 2009 to cervical cancer.

On Tuesday night Murphy tweeted, “One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.”

 

Written by Jordan Gaines

Jordan Gaines

Jordan Gaines is a cultural critic and Madison365 contributor.

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