Eddie Murphy’s older brother, Charlie Murphy has died from leukemia at 57 years old.
Charlie was a popular stand-up comedian in his own right. His manager says Charlie had been undergoing chemotherapy and died yesterday morning in a New York City hospital. Family members say they're absolutely shocked because they thought he was getting better.
Charlie famously co-starred on "Chappelle's Show" in some of Dave's most memorable skits, including stories of the nights that Charlie partied with Rick James and Prince. Charlie also co-wrote some of Eddie Murphy's movies, like "Norbit" and "Vampire in Brooklyn." He co-starred in "Are We There Yet?," "The Boondocks" and "Black Jesus."
He recently toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley on "The Comedy Get Down."
Charlie's wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died in 2009 from cervical cancer. They had 2 children, and he had another child from a previous relationship.
Eddie Murphy released a statement: "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."
He added thanks to Charlie's millions of fans for their "outpouring of condolences and prayers."