Charlie Murphy, comedian and older brother of Eddie Murphy has passed away from leukemia. He was 57-years-old.
Charlie died in a NYC hospital. His manager says he’d been going through chemo.
He famously co-starred on “Chappelle Show” in some of Dave’s most memorable skits … including the night he partied with Prince.
He also co-wrote some of Eddie Murphy’s movies. He co-starred in “Are We There Yet,” “The Boondocks” and “Black Jesus.”
He recently toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley.
Charlie Murphy’s sudden passing came as a surprise to nearly everyone — partly because he kept his battle with leukemia super private.
In fact, most of the people he worked with on the set of ‘Power’ had no idea he was ill.
Production sources on the show — which stars 50 Cent — tell us they had no idea Charlie was dealing with cancer. We’re told he never told anybody on set and put in the work like everybody else.
Charlie played a prison guard named Marshal Williams on the show.
Family sources tell us Charlie only disclosed his cancer battle to very close friends and family members. We’re told he said he didn’t want his illness to define him.
And, we’re told, even the family members who knew he was struggling were shocked when he died … they didn’t know the situation was that desperate.
A rep Starz, where the show airs tells us, “Starz sends our deepest condolences to Charlie’s family and friends. He joined ‘Power’ for our upcoming season, and his talent shines in every scene. We were fortunate to have worked with him.”