Star Of The Chappelle’s Show, Charlie Murphy Has Passed Away At 57

And so it is Hollywood loses another star and the sky shines a little less than the night before. Star of the Chappelle Show, Charlie Murphy, died Wednesday after a battle with Leukemia.


The 57-year-old actor was a beloved comedian and was also brother to Eddie Murphy. Murphy hailed from Brooklyn and died at a New York Hospital after undergoing chemotherapy. Charlie Murphy managed to post to twitter on Tuesday night, not knowing it would be his last; “Charlie Murphy wrote, “One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.”

Many comedians have spoken out and expressed their heartbreak at the loss. The comedian was getting healthier and was expected to be at the ‘Comedy Get Down’ in Detroit in May. Murphy’s 43-year-old cousin told the Daily News; “He was doing well, but he contracted pneumonia and that’s what took him out. His body wasn’t strong enough to fight the infection. It was very sudden. He was definitely looking forward to doing bigger, better things but unfortunately he was called home,” Richard said.

Eddie Murphy’s publicist released a statement on the family behalf; “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,” the statement read. Charlie was going to be touring with fellow comedians such as George Lopez, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Eddie Griffin.

During an emotional interview over the phone, Griffin told The News; “It’s grieving time, Charlie Murphy was the greatest storyteller I ever had the privilege of hanging around. He would tell a story and not miss an inflection or a single detail. But all that aside, the number one thing about him was that he was a great family man, a great father. That was his main concern.”

He continued to say “We’ve been on tour together for about three years now. When we first started, we were both single fathers. We’d have a lot of conversations about that,” he said. Charlie now joins his late wife Tisha Taylor who lost her battle with cervical cancer in in 2009. They were married since 1997 until death and had two children together daughter Ava and son Xavier.