Sad news, folks. Successful pop culture and stand-up comedian Charlie Murphy has passed away this morning after a leukemia battle, via TMZ and confirmed by his manager. He had been undergoing chemotherapy in a NYC hospital.
Arguably, Murphy’s most infamous comedic performances occurred when he co-starred on Chappelle’s Show in some of Dave’s most memorable skits … including the nights Charlie partied with Rick James and Prince.
Murphy also has writing credits, co-writing on some of his brother Eddie Murphy’s projects, like Norbit and Vampire in Brooklyn. His most recent work included co-starring roles in Are We There Yet?, The Boondocks and Black Jesus.
He also recently toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley on The Comedy Get Down.
Charlie’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died in 2009 from cervical cancer. They had 2 children, and he had another from a previous relationship.
R.I.P. to one of the greats, Charlie Murphy. Let’s honor his unmatched contribution to comedy. Check out the famous ‘I’m Rick James” skit below: