NEW YORK, NY — Eddie Murphy is heartbroken and says his family will never be the same after the death of his older brother, fellow comedian Charlie Murphy.
“Our hearts are heavy with loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie. 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,” Eddie Murphy said in a statement.
Hours before his death, he sent this final tweet that’s leaving fans teary-eyed:
Charlie Murphy was best known for his “True Hollywood Stories” on “Chappelle’s Show” where he hilariously partied with Rick James and Prince.
He also starred in several big hits including “Harlem Nights,” “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Roll Bounce,” and “Meet the Blacks.” At the time of his death, he was on a comedy tour with Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin and George Lopez.
Sadly, Charlie Murphy’s wife, Tisha, died in 2009 from cervical cancer. He leaves behind three kids.
Hollywood is in shock and sending condolences:
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Wow….This is crazy. 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 know you and I'm even luckier to be able to say that I was a friend. You will be missed man. #RIPCharlieMurphy