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Comedian Charlie Murphy, Brother Of Eddie, Dies At 57

| by Alex Scarr

Comedian Charlie Murphy, the older brother of fellow comedian Eddie Murphy, passed away from complications of leukemia April 12 at the age of 57.

According to TMZ, Murphy's manager says Murphy died in the early hours of April 12 in New York City after a long battle with the blood cancer.

Murphy served six years in the U.S. Navy before becoming an entertainer, eventually making his 1989 big screen debut alongside brother Eddie Murphy and other fellow comedians Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx in "Harlem Nights," according to People. Murphy secured roles in several films before becoming a regular on the popular comedy television show "The Chappelle Show" with Dave Chappelle in 2003.

One of the more memorable skits from "The Chappelle Show" came from an encounter Murphy had with the pop music icon Price, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Murphy recounted the time he and a few friends played a game of basketball with Prince and his entourage, being quite surprised at Prince's abilities. After the game, Prince made everyone pancakes. Prince has since confirmed Murphy's story as true.

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Murphy is credited in several movies as an actor, but he also co-wrote the screenplays for the films "Norbit" and "Vampire in Brooklyn," both of which starred his brother. IMDb lists a total of 52 acting credits and five writing credits for Murphy throughout his career.

Murphy also worked security for his brother on comedy tours, often taking the role of overprotective older brother a bit too seriously, according to Rolling Stone.

"I took it as a personal crusade until they were like 'you're a little overzealous in how you're performing your job.' So that's how I ended up not doing [security] anymore," Murphy said.

The Hollywood Reporter also mentioned a time when Murphy was so protective, he would confront guests at his brother's stand-up shows who didn't laugh at the jokes.

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Murphy's wife also passed away from cancer in 2009, leaving behind the couple's two children, according to TMZ.

Comedians took to Twitter April 12 to lend their condolences to the Murphy family and to remember Charlie.

"We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time. Charlie Murphy RIP," wrote Chris Rock.

"Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy. He took a chance on a young director in The Player's Club. Always made me laugh. RIP," said Ice Cube. He and Murphy worked together on the 1998 film, which was written and directed by Ice Cube.

Charlie is survived by his three children.

Sources: TMZ, People, The Hollywood Reporter, IMDb, Rolling Stone / Photo credit: Tim Knox/eyevine/Redux via Rolling Stone

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