Today, Charlie Murphy passed away after a battle with leukemia. The 57-year-old writer and actor spent the early part of his career in the shadow of his little brother, Eddie Murphy, but broke out in 2003 on Comedy Central’s The Chapelle Show. His segment, Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories, became a viral sensation and part of the cult series’ comedy legacy. More recently, Murphy made appearances on Are We There Yet?, 1000 Ways to Die and Adult Swim’s Black Jesus. In 2007, he also played a role in his brother’s film Norbit.
The Murphy family released the following statement to E! News: “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.”
On Twitter, fans and fellow entertainers are showing just how much Charlie Murphy impacted their own lives.
RIP Charlie. We’ll miss you, too.
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(h/t E! News; Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)