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Report: Comedian Charlie Murphy dead at 57

Charlie Murphy, seen here in 2012, has reportedly died at age 57.

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Charlie Murphy, seen here in 2012, has reportedly died at age 57.



Comedian Charlie Murphy, whose epic tales of Prince and Rick James became pop culture phenomena, has died at age 57, according to reports. 

TMZ was first to report Murphy's death, writing that the comic's manager said he'd died at a New York City hospital after a battle with leukemia.

Murphy had been touring as a stand-up comedian in recent years, but was possibly best known for his time on the sketch series Chappelle's Show, where "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" offered an outrageous glimpse at Murphy's encounters with Rick James and Prince during his younger brother Eddie Murphy's rise to fame in the '80s.

Charlie Murphy also did voiceover work on Cartoon Network's Boondocks and appeared in Night at the Museum, CB4 and Norbit, among other film work, and was credited as a writer on a number of films. Most recently, he had a recurring role on the Starz series Power.

In 2015, he told the Tampa Bay Times about taking up stand-up comedy at the age of 42, saying, "It presented itself as a challenge. It was a situation I asked myself: 'Why is this opportunity presenting itself? Are you going to run away from it or tackle it?' Actually, somebody was teasing me, saying I was afraid to do it. So I went up there and I was supposed to do five minutes, but I did 15."

You can read the entire interview, which included Charlie Murphy's thoughts on Bill Cosby, bombing on stage, his epic stories, and the time he saw someone get their jeans ripped off on the street, here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 2:10pm]


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