*Reverberations from the unexpected death on Wednesday (04-12-17) of comedian/actor Charlie Murphy are still coming in. The most important is that of the Murphy family including his brother, Eddie, expressing their grief over the loss of Charlie.
“Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie,” the Murphy family said. “Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”
Charlie Murphy, the older brother of comic legend Eddie Murphy, co-wrote some of his more famous sibling’s movies, including “Norbit” and “Vampire in Brooklyn.” But Charlie Murphy is arguably best known for his hilarious sketches on Dave Chappelle’s mid-2000s Comedy Central show, where the two of them hilariously reenacted experiences the Murphy brothers had with celebrities including the late Prince and Rick James.
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Meanwhile, as you would expect, fellow comics like Chris Rock, Kevin Hart and other celebrities are paying tribute to Charlie Murphy following his death on Wednesday.
“We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time. Charlie Murphy RIP,” Chris Rock wrote.
“Wow….This is crazy,” Kevin Hart posted on Instagram. “All I can say is RIP. Thank you for not only being a friend but for believing in me when I was young in this comedy game. Charlie Murphy did the rewrite for the first movie that I ever did called ‘Paper Soldiers’….His stories were legendary & unbelievable & heartfelt. I’m lucky to have known you and I’m even luckier to be able to say that I was a friend. You will be missed man.”
Charlie Murphy was such a kind, sweet, funny man. Damn. Incredible talent, even better man. RIP ❤
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 12, 2017
RIP Charlie Murphy
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) April 12, 2017
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) April 12, 2017
Rest In Peace to the legend that is Charlie Murphy, thank you for always bringing us joy and laughter???? pic.twitter.com/TZ53R1FSJs
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) April 12, 2017
— CedricTheEntertainer (@CedEntertainer) April 12, 2017