Man, Chappelle went from being nowhere for a decade to being everywhere all the time.
On Wednesday, April 12, comedian Charlie Murphy lost his battle with leukemia, passing away at the age of 57. That night, Dave Chappelle popped up at a John Mayer concert in his home state of Ohio to pay tribute to his fallen friend.
After Chappelle did what he does best — rambling on about his experiences — for a bit, Mayer played an emotional version of “You’ll Live Forever In Me” to honor his fallen friend.
Obviously, Murphy’s passing was particularly impactful to Chappelle, as Murphy famously appeared on Chappelle’s Show, serving as the source material for the show’s most memorable sketches: Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories.
Aside from Chappelle’s Show, Charlie also co-wrote several of his brother 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.
Also, shout out to this guy for directly ignoring Chappelle’s advice and filming the hell out of this, cause it was a great moment. RIP Charlie.