Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy and beloved comedian whose iconic bits on “Chappelle’s Show” sealed his own celebrity status, died Wednesday after a battle with leukemia.
He was 57years old.
The Brooklyn-bred funnyman passed pppaway after undergoing chemotherapy. He died at a New York hospital, according to TMZ.com.
In a final Twitter post Tuesday night, Charlie Murphy wrote, “One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.”
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The untimely death stunned loved ones who thought Murphy was gaining strength ahead of a “Comedy Get Down” gig in Detroit next month.
“He was doing well, but he contracted pneumonia and that’s what took him out. His body wasn’t strong enough to fight the infection. It was very sudden,” cousin Richard Murphy, 43, told the Daily News at the elder Murphy’s home in Englewood, N.J.