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.
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.
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