Charlie Murphy lost his battle with leukemia on April 12, 2017. Charlie passed in New York City, his hometown. The Comedian had been undergoing chemotherapy. His death comes at a shock to his family, because his latest medical reports showed promise that he was doing better. Murphy is the older brother of blockbuster comedy actor Eddie Murphy. Eddie has not released a statement regarding his brother's death. Charlie's wife Tisha Taylor Murphy preceded him in death. She died in 2009 from cervical cancer. They have two children. He also has another child from a previous relationship.

Who is Charlie Murphy?

The stand-up comedian was famous for his no-nonsense, straight-talk humor. His breakout role was in 1993's "CB4" starring Chris Rock. In it, he plays Gusto, the movie's antagonist. His latest acting gig was as Marshal Williams on the Starz hit drama "Power." He has also starred in "Are We There Yet?" "The Boondocks" and "Lottery Ticket." Charlie Murphy spent a lot of his career behind the camera as a writer. He has writing credits for "Norbit," "Vampire in Brooklyn," and "Paper Soldiers."

Most people know him from being on the sketch comedy show, "The Chappelle Show." When Dave Chappelle made his departure from the show, Charlie hosted with Donnell Rawlings "The Chappelle Show" lost episodes.

These episodes are a compilation of sketches from before Chappelle left.

Charlie Murphy's Stand Up

The root of Charlie Murphy's fame is his stand-up. He recently completed a tour called "The Comedy Get Down." His fellow tour mates included Cedric the Entertainer, George Lopez, D.L. Hughley, and Eddie Griffin. Charlie has done stand-up talking about Michael Jackson, rehab, and Prince.

People loved to impersonate him. Here is a video of his brother Eddie Murphy impersonating him.

Even though Eddie Murphy has had a rough go of things career-wise for the last handful of years with a number of box office bombs, Charlie Murphy, while not being as well known as his brother Eddie, still carved out a successful career for himself, and he will surely be missed.