Comedian Charlie Murphy passes away at 57

Comedian Charlie Murphy, best known for his uproarious stories about Rick James and Prince that became immortal Chappelle’s Show sketches, has died, TMZ first reported.

Looks like comedian Charlie Murphy has passed away at the age of 57. Murphy’s manager confirmed that the comedian passed away in a New York City hospital and had been undergoing chemotherapy.

Murphy earned a tremendous fan base as a writer for “Chappelle’s Show“, on which he frequently appeared in sketches alongside star Dave Chappelle. Following “Chappelle’s Show“, Murphy cowrote the 2007 film Norbit, which starred Eddie Murphy. In one of the sketches, Murphy claimed that he and his friends were beaten in a game of pickup basketball by Prince and members of his band. They leave two children, daughter Ava and son Xavier; Charlie Murphy also had another child from a previous relationship.

Murphy is credited with co-writing several of Eddie Murphy’s movies and made several appearances on the animated series “The Boondocks“.

Murphy’s death rocked the entertainment world and led to an outpour of condolences from numerous comedian’s friends and admirers.

Chris Rock wrote alongside a photo of the the star: ‘We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time.

Russell Simmons shared a similar sentiment.

Rapper Ice Cube then took to his own account to say: “Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy“.

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