Eddie Murphy’s older brother Charlie Murphy has died at the age of 57 from leukemia.
The standup comedian, who was also an actor, had been battling the blood cancer and getting treatment at the time of his death, his manager confirmed to TMZ.
According to Charlie’s manager, he died from leukemia Wednesday morning in a NYC hospital. He’d been going undergoing chemotherapy. Family members tell us they’re absolutely shocked because they thought he was getting better.
As well as a successful standup career, Charlie co-starred on Chappelle Show and Are We There Yet, The Boondocks and Black Jesus.
He recently toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley on “The Comedy Get Down.”
Charlie’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died in 2009 from cervical cancer. They had 2 children, and he had another from a previous relationship.
We’ll have more on this story as it comes.