Eddie Murphy pays tribute to brother Charlie Murphy following his death

Comic Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie Murphy, dead at 57

The 57-year-old, who was a beloved stand-up comic and had roles on both the small and silver screen, passed away on 12 April after losing his battle with leukaemia. "Loved being around and working with Charlie!"

In the hours before he died, Murphy tweeted: 'One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible'. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers.

Former basketball player Magic Johnson tweeted that "I haven't seen anything as amusing as Charlie Murphy & Dave Chappelle's skits on Chappelle's Show!", while the Hamilton playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda said that Murphy's "storytelling was hilarious and unforgettable". "We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for al of us".

And while his relatives were aware that Charlie was sick, they were under the impression that he was getting better.

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.

He famously worked alongside Eddie, 56, on Chappelle's Show and co-wrote the likes of Are We There Yet and The Boondocks.

He appeared in some of the most memorable skits from this beloved program, including segments in which he parties with Rick James and Prince.

In a statement to Variety, Murphy expressed the family's grief over his brother's death. "I've been doing him since I was two or three".

Poking fun at his accomplished big bro, he added, "I wish he would get famous because people could see this great impression that I do". He died with gigs on the books. "Charlie Murphy RIP. Charlie Murphy changed my life".

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