Comedian Charlie Murphy, the brother of Eddie Murphy, had died following a battle with leukemia on Wednesday (April 12), aged 57.

The star, best known for his role in Chappelle's Show, has also appeared in numerous films and TV shows throughout his career including Our Family Wedding, King's Ransom and Black Jesus and he was involved with writing his brother's films Norbert and Vampire In Brooklyn.

His publicist confirmed the news in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter from the late comedian's family which read: "Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie.

"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. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us."

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Charlie Murphy came to fame through Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central skit show due to his amazing stories of interactions with other celebrities during the height of his brother's fame in the 1980s.

His best known skit was about the late musician Rick James and he also was well known for an anecdote about playing basketball with legendary musician Prince, who cooked pancakes for him after their game.

Murphy's peers and friends have paid tribute to the late comedian and actor on Twitter.