Charlie Murphy, comedian, actor, writer, and brother of Eddie Murphy, has died as age 57 after a battle with leukemia.
His manager told TMZ that Charlie passed away at a New York City hospital. He had been undergoing chemotherapy.
Charlie had appeared in several TV and film roles, including Are We There Yet? and The Boondocks. He also helped write several of Eddie’s films, including Norbit. Charlie was also a writer on fellow comedian Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central show, and appeared for his recurring segment “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories.” The Prince sketch, in which the Purple One bested Charlie and his team in a pick-up game of basketball, is likely the most memorable.
Charlie’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died in 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his brother Eddie and three children.