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Legendary Comedian Charlie Murphy Dies After Battle with Leukemia

Eddie Murphy is one of the most iconic comedians of the last several decades, going from “Saturday Night Live” cast member to international movie star. While Eddie has had a prolific comedic career, he is not the only Murphy to see success in Hollywood.

His older brother, Charlie, who had a successful stand-up comedy career, lost a long battle with Leukemia. Murphy was 57.

From TMZ:

We’re told the family would call him frequently, and he’d even joke they were calling too much. Charlie famously co-starred on “Chappelle’s Show” in some of Dave’s most memorable skits … including the nights Charlie partied with Rick James and Prince.

Charlie also co-wrote some of Eddie Murphy’s movies, like “Norbit” and “Vampire in Brooklyn.” He co-starred in “Are We There Yet?,” “The Boondocks” and “Black Jesus.” He 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.

Here are some videos of Murphy’s iconic career:

Just hours before passing away, Murphy sent out some tweets reflecting on his life:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Murphy’s entire family during this tragic time. Rest in peace!