Charlie Murphy, comedian and older brother of Eddie Murphy, passed away after a battle with leukemia Wednesday morning. He was 57.
Charlie Murphy Cause of Death
According to Charlie’s manager, the popular stand-up comedian died from leukemia Wednesday morning in a New York City hospital. He’d been undergoing chemotherapy. Relatives told TMZ they are “absolutely shocked” by the news as his condition appeared to be improving. These are Murphy’s last two tweets.
Many of his co-workers on Power weren’t aware of his diagnosis as Murphy kept it very private. Production sources on the show – which stars 50 Cent – told TMZ they had no idea he was battling cancer. Charlie played a prison guard named Charlie on the show.
TMZ reports that only very close friends and family members were made aware of Charlie’s disease.
Charlie famously appeared on Chappelle’s Show in some of of the show’s most memorable sketches, including his hilarious stories about Rick James and Prince.
Charlie also co-wrote several of Eddie’s movies such as Norbit and Vampire in Brooklyn. He had notable roles in Are We There Yet, The Boondocks and Black Jesus. Recently, Charlie toured with comedians Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley on “The Comedy Get Down.” His stand-up special, Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize, premiered on Comedy Central in late February 2010.
Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York City. After serving ten months in jail, Murphy enlisted in the Navy in 1978. He served for six years as a Boiler Technician. In 1983, shortly before his Navy discharge, Murphy saw a mushroom cloud over Beirut. Later, he learned that it was the aftereffects of the Beirut barracks bombing which killed 307 people/
Though he had small parts in movies and TV at the start of his entertainment career, his first major film role came in 1993’s CB4.
He was married to Tisha Taylor Murphy from 1997 until her death from cervical cancer in 2009. She had reportedly been battling the disease for two years. He opened up about her diagnosis in 2015 saying:
I came home and she’s in the kids’ room, crying. That’s when she told me. Cervical cancer. You don’t really grasp it. When the person tells you they’re going to die, you go crazy. You become a different person from the moment you hear those words…
A young woman like that — don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs. I know people that’s ninety who do all of that…
She’s a very organized woman. When she died, all the arrangements had been made. She made her own arrangements.
They are survived by their two children, Ava and Xavier, and another child Murphy had from a previous relationship.