Charlie Murphy has died at 57

CHARLIE MURPHY: Prince, you got a towel, man?

In the recurring segment "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories", Murphy would recount how his brother's fame brought him into the orbit of the biggest stars, such as Rick James and Prince, who died almost a year ago.

The passing of Murphy, who was 57, has been mourned across the entertainment industry. After Chappelle's Show, Murphy continued to tour and appear in numerous films and TV projects. He rushed home to be with his family after every gig. He also co-wrote Vampire in Brooklyn and 2007's Norbit. "Our friend, Charlie Murphy".

"You got so happy seeing Charlie, anywhere you saw him", he said. "Extremely intimidating, but I'm that kind of dude".

SHAPIRO: After that, Charlie Murphy's career took off. He shared a son, Xavier, and daughter, Eva, with his wife, Tisha Murphy, who died of cervical cancer in 2009.

"My good friend Charlie Murphy passed away this morning and everybody in company is heartbroken", he told the crowd. Murphy had another child outside of their relationship. They survive him. Besides his brother Eddie, he also leaves a half brother, Vernon Lynch Jr. He did stand-up and gained fame on "Chapelle's Show", telling hilarious stories about hanging out with his superstar brother in the 1980s and hanging out with people like Rick James and Prince.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this obituary.

  • Marlene Weaver