Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy, died on Wednesday, April 12 at the age of 57. The actor died in New York from leukemia. He was undergoing chemotherapy at the time of his death. Both Charlie and Eddie were comedians, actors, and writers. They often worked together.

Charlie and Eddie

Charlie, who was one year older than Eddie, used his talents as a writer and actor. Even though he was a stand-up Comedian and performer, he was best known for his appearances on "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central.

It was back in 1989 when he starred in "Harlem Nights" which was directed by Eddie Murphy.

He appeared in other well-known films such as "Jungle Fever" and "Mo' Better Blues." It is always good to see families work together. Charlie and Eddie were close and they worked together on several projects. Charlie worked as a writer on his brother's movies, including "Norbit" and "Vampire in Brooklyn."


Tributes for Charlie have been pouring in, especially from the comedy world. Starz network sent condolences and said in a statement that the people at the network were fortunate to have worked with the comedian. Many celebrities sent tributes on social media.

Chris Rock tweeted that the world has lost one of the funniest and real brothers of all-time. Other tributes had the same sentiment.

DL Hughley mentioned that Murphy was a family man. That was evident because his friend would run home after every performance. He was a single father of two children, as his wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died of cervical cancer in December of 2009. Charlie also had another child from a previous relationship. He was devoted to all of them.

Murphy served in the United States Navy for six years, and the Department of Defense tweeted condolences. Other celebrities posted condolences such as Al Roker, Kim Fields, Spike Lee, David Alan Grier, Kevin Hart, and Dane Cook.

Eddie gave a touching tribute in a statement. He said the hearts of family, friends, and fans are heavy because of the death of his brother.

The comedian added that Charlie brought love and laughter to their family and he will be missed.

The day before his death, Charlie tweeted what seems to have been his own tribute. It was as if he sensed he was going to die. His last tweet was at exactly 10 p.m. on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, his tweet came true.

Charlie Murphy will be missed not only by the comedy community but by those who knew him through his work and through his personal life. Funeral arrangements and memorial services have not been revealed yet.