Charlie Murphy, famed actor and comedian, has reportedly died in an NYC hospital. Murphy’s publicist Domenick Nati confirmed that the Chappelle’s Show star had been suffering from leukemia, and passed on Wednesday (Apr. 12). He was 57 years old.
Though Murphy spent much of his career in the shadow of his younger brother, film and TV superstar Eddie Murphy, he eventually became a renowned comedic actor in his own right. His initial breakthrough came in movies like 1993’s CB4 and 2005’s Kings Ransom, but he became a phenomenon for his mid-’00s work on Chappelle’s Show, where he served as narrator of the recurring “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” segment, telling classic stories about his memorable encounters with ’80s icons like Prince and Rick James.
Post-Chappelle’s Show — where he also worked as a writer — Murphy got further film work in hit movies like 2006’s Night at the Museum, and became a frequent guest voice on television; particularly on animated Adult Swim shows like The Boondocks, Black Dynamite and Black Jesus. He also began a successful career in stand-up, getting his own special (Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize) on Comedy Central in 2010.
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