Charlie Murphy dead; stand-up comedian was 57
Charlie Murphy, who gained national attention on the hit “Chappelle's Show” and evolved into a sought-after stand-up comedian, has died, a rep told Fox News on Wednesday. He was 57.
A rep told us the star died of leukemia. He died in a New York City hospital.
The older brother to actor Eddie Murphy had been focusing on his stand-up career in recent years.
Murphy was credited in a number of different movies and TV shows, including roles on "Night at the Museum" and "Norbit" along with TV series "Black Jesus" and "Power." He was also known for his roles in films such as “Lottery Ticket” and “The Guys Who Move Furniture.” He famously wrote “Norbit,” which his brother Eddie Murphy starred in.
Charlie Murphy also worked with a slew of A-list stars from Halle Berry to Denzel Washington to Gabrielle Union and Sammy Davis Jr. He voiced roles in animated TV series that include "The Boondocks" and "Black Jesus."
He is credited with appearances to air later this year on the TV drama series "Power."
Chris Rock paid tribute to Murphy on Twitter on Wednesday.