Remembering Charlie Murphy: A Comedy Legend

Once again, we have lost another legend, Charlie Murphy, writer, comedian, and actor at the age of 57. Murphy is the latest celebrity who has left this earth joining other comedy legends like Richard Pryor and Bernie Mac. He lost his battle to leukemia though family believed he was getting better with recent chemo treatments. Murphy is the older brother of comedian and actor Eddie Murphy. Eddie posts an emotional statement mourning the loss of his older brother.

“Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle, and friend Charlie,” they 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.”


Murphy’s last tweet gives you chills as it reads “One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.” Sadly enough, Murphy’s wife died 8 years ago from cervical cancer leaving behind their two children and Murphy’s older son from a previous relationship.

Charlie Murphy is known notably for his role on the Dave Chappelle especially with the Rick James skit. In his latest role as a prison guard on STARZ’s Power, his Power cast members had no idea that Murphy was sick; he remained professional because he “didn’t want his illness to define him.”


Murphy was also a great storyteller. Here he is speaking with the Breakfast Club about playing basketball with Prince and afterward eating pancakes. Prince and pancakes, only Charlie Murphy could tell a story like this.

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Amber Peters is a current MBA candidate and full-time Accountant. She is a proud Alumna of Texas Southern University. “Faith without work means nothing”


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