Eddie Murphy's brother comedian Charlie dies

By Joseph Kizza

Added 13th April 2017 09:10 AM

The American actor and comedian succumbs to leukemia.

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PIC: The Murphy brothers: Charlie (left) and Eddie. (AFP)

Perhaps he sensed his time was nigh. His last tweet, on the eve of his death – April 11 – read: 'One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible'.

Now he has gone to sleep. For good.

Charles Quinton "Charlie" Murphy, was the elder brother of actor and comedian Eddie Murphy.

The 57-year-old American actor and comedian succumbed to leukemia on Wednesday.

Also a voice artist and writer, Murphy was arguably best known for his role in the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show.

His family, in a missive, said Charlie will be dearly missed.

"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 outpouring of condolences and prayers."

An outpouring of tributes from fans, and fellow actors and comedians alike continues to fill the social media space, with some playing back some of their favorite skits by the fallen actor.

Marcel Gutierrez tweeted: 'R.I.P. Charlie Murphy...your true stories on the Chappelle Show will always be legendary'.

Another Twitter user, Olisa Fowlin, wrote: 'Thank you #CharlieMurphy for the laughter and taking the journey along with your brother to make the world laugh'.


Charlie was born on July 12, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York City to a telephone operator (his mother Lilian) and a transit police officer (his father Charles Edward Murphy).

His father was also an amateur actor and comedian.

Charlie served a 10-month jail term as an adoloscent and later on joined the US Navy, serving as a Boiler Technician for six years.

He had minor roles in many films in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He got famous as recurring performer on Chappelle's Show.

Murphy was married to Tisha Taylor Murphy from 1997 until her death from cervical cancer late 2009. They had two children together. He has another child from a previous relationship.




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