Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Charlie Murphy died Wednesday morning in a New York City hospital where he had been undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia, according to his manager and publicist.
Murphy, who was the older brother of actor and comedian Eddie Murphy, had worked in the entertainment industry for three decades, taking on roles in numerous feature films and TV shows including playing himself and several other characters on Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show.”
Numerous stars took to Twitter to express their grief and to offer condolences to the three children Murphy leaves behind.
“After every gig, he rushed home to be with his kids. He died with gigs on the books,” fellow comic DL Hughley posted on Twitter.
While TV host and actor Wayne Brady and R&B star the Weeknd offered simple “RIP” posts, hip-hop artist and actor Ice Cube wrote something a bit more personal since the two both starred in Ice Cube’s 1998 film, “The Players Club.”
“Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy. He took a chance on a young director in ‘The Players Club.’ Always made me laugh. RIP,” he shared.
Murphy wrote more than 50 screenplays including the 2007 comedy “Norbit” and 1995’s “Vampire in Brooklyn,” both of which starred his little brother, Eddie.
In an interview with the Orange County Register in 2008, Murphy shared that he wanted to give stand-up a try since he had watched his younger brother take over the comedy scene with “Eddie Murphy Raw” in the late ‘80s. At the age of 42, he took the stage for the first time and struggled to find his voice as he faced comparisons to brother. It didn’t faze him at the time, he said, instead it pushed him to study the works of numerous other…