"We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us".
Charles Murphy died from Leukemia at the age of 57.
While Murphy had been sick for some time, family sources told TMZ that his death comes as a shock, as the comedian's condition had reportedly been improving prior to his passing this morning.
Charlie Murphy, known as the famous Chappelle's Show collaborator with Dave Chapelle, died at a New York City hospital on Wednesday, April 12th.More news: In Syria, At Least 39 Killed In Explosion As Evacuations Stall
Charlie Murphy arrived in Hollywood after working as a bodyguard for Eddie at the beginning of his career, the EFE news agency reported. Prince later confirmed the sketch was based on a true story, and that he and his band did beat Murphy on the court (though the "Purple Rain" singer says he wasn't the one who made the pancakes). Murphy, whose wife Tisha Taylor Murphy passed away from cervical cancer in 2009, is survived by his three children.
In an interview with Variety past year, Eddie Murphy spoke about his brother after being told that Charlie's name comes up in a search of "Eddie Murphy impressions" online. "I would like to come out during his show and get introduced as him... and have the audience think 'wow, they really do look the same!' and then realize in the middle that it's me". He was my first impression.
Charlie helped co-write some of the films Eddie starred in, like Vampire in Brooklyn and Norbit, and had roles in comedies like Lottery Ticket, Roll Bounce, CB4, King's Ransom as well as a slew of others.
DL Hughley talked about Murphy the family man, explaining "after every gig, he rushed home to be with his kids".