US Comedian Charlie Murphy Dies Of Leukamia
US Comedian and older brother to the famous Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy, has died of Leukaemia aged 57.
According to reports from TMZ the entertainer died on Wednesday in a New York hospital after undergoing chemotherapy.
In a statement to the Hollywood reporter the star's family said that their "hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie".
The Murphy family continued, "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,"
After coming to Hollywood as Eddie Murphy's bodyguard, Charlie built a successful career as a stand-up comedian and entertainer starring on fellow comedian dave Chappelle's show in some of his most memorable skits as well as featuring in movies 'Are We There Yet?', 'Night At The Museum', 'Jungle Fever', 'The Boondocks' and 'Lottery Ticket' to name a few.
As well as being an on-screen star in his own right, Charlie also co-wrote and appeared in a lot of his brother's films including 'Norbit' and 'Vampire In Brooklyn'.
Charlie Murphy leaves behind two children from a previous relationship; his wife Tisha Murphy died of Cervical Cancer in 2009.
Celebrities have been flooding the timeline with their condolenses for Charlie Murphy.
— GOLDIE (@MRGOLDIE) April 12, 2017
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) April 13, 2017
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) April 13, 2017
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— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) April 12, 2017
We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time . Charlie Murphy RIP. pic.twitter.com/AAwItp5AJC
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 12, 2017
Prayers Up for the Murphy family. Loved being around & working with Charlie!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 12, 2017