Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy, who stepped out of his brother Eddie's shadow as a talent in his own right, has died at 57, according to his publicist.
Murphy died of leukemia, publicist Domenick Nati confirmed with NBC Philadelphia.
Remembering Charlie Murphy
Fellow comedian Chris Rock posted a picture of Murphy on Twitter with a message of mourning: "We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time . Charlie Murphy RIP."
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
Just came out of meditation and learned that one of my friends and my biggest comedy idol passed. Damn I loved Charlie Murphy ❤❤❤❤🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) April 12, 2017
Murphy was perhaps best known as an ensemble actor in the comedy "Chapelle's Show," where he told belief-defying stories about spending time with Rick James and Prince. He appeared in movies as well, like "Mo' Betta Blues" and "Night at the Museum," and was a writer on the Eddie Murphy movies "Vampire in Brooklyn" and "Norbit."
His Facebook and Twitter accounts have, of late, been full of short, inspirational messages, including this from Tuesday: "One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible."
TMZ first reported on Murphy's death, citing Murphy's manager.