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.
Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy. He took a chance on a young director in The Player's Club. Always made me laugh. RIP pic.twitter.com/yChjFtSDH4— Ice Cube (@icecube) 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
Charlie Murphy was such a brilliant storyteller. RIP.pic.twitter.com/lpGKb98Euq— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) April 13, 2017
This was some of Charlie Murphy's best voice over work ?? pic.twitter.com/KhfNtTdQ18— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) April 13, 2017
You just know that Charlie Murphy and Prince are eating some pancakes together somewhere in the afterlife...— Josh Macuga (@JoshMacuga) April 13, 2017
RIP Charlie Murphy. True Hollywood Stories arguably the greatest sketch of all time.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) April 12, 2017
Charlie Murphy lost a battle with leukemia today. RIP.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 12, 2017
In his honor, here's one of his funniest stories https://t.co/wtBpgjy4V8
Rest well Charlie Murphy. Thanks for one of the greatest comedy sketches in the history of time and space. pic.twitter.com/KHz1MqGjci— Travon Free (@Travon) April 12, 2017