Eddie Murphy Mourns the Death of His Comedian Brother Charlie Murphy
BY SUSAN JOHNES
Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy, died on April 12th aged 57 years. He was a comic performer who acted in movies and turned encounters with celebrities into great sketches on “Chappelle’s Show.
His representative, Domenick Nati said the course of his death was Leukemia. He will be remembered best for his appearances on Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central show from 2003 to 2006.
Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories recount how his brother’s fame brought him into the orbit of some of the biggest stars in show business.
Charles Quinton Murphy was born July 12, 1959, in Brooklyn, only two years older than his brother. Charlie served in the Navy for six years before following his brother into show business.
In addition to being a stand-up comedian and television actor, Mr. Murphy had roles in more than 25 films. The most recent films that he featured included the “King’s Ransom” (2005) and “Night at the Museum” (2006).
Besides, he received screenwriting credits on several films, including “Vampire in Brooklyn” (1995) and “Norbit”
(2007), which starred his brother. He appeared in the comedy series “Black Jesus” and had numerous voice-over parts.
Mr. Murphy had a Web series, “Charlie Murphy’s Crash Comedy,” in 2009 and a Comedy Central stand-up special, “Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize,” in 2010.
Back in 2009, the comedian’s wife of 12 years, Tisha Taylor, passed away after losing her battle with cancer. In addition to his brother, survivors include three children and a half-brother, musician.
In a statement, Eddie Murphy said, “Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle, and friend Charlie.”
He continued, “Charlie filled our family with love and laughter, and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”
In a recent interview, last year September, he lovingly spoke about his older brother. “Charlie is my best impression. I have been doing him since I was two or three. He was my first impression,” he said.
Murphy added that he wished he would get famous because people could see this great impression that he does. The two brothers had a genuine mutual admiration.
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