Actor, comedy writer and comic Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy, has died at age 57.
Charlie passed away after battling leukemia, his rep told E! News Wednesday.
The performer was known for his appearances on Chappelle’s Show, in which he played characters such as Buc Nasty and Rodney “Quills” Dinkin and also narrated the Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories segment.
In one, he recalled a story about Prince, played by Dave Chappelle. Another featured Dave as Rick James and is considered one of the most iconic Chappelle’s Show moments and made the series extremely popular.
Many of Charlie’s friends and fellow comics and comedy writers took to Twitter to express their condolences.
Charlie Murphy changed my life,” wrote Neal Brennan, co-creator of Chappelle’s Show. “One of the most original people I’ve ever met. Hilarious dude. Habitual Line Stepper. So sad.”
“This is a text message that Charlie sent us from a recent @comedygetdown Show @realdlhughley @cedtheentertainer. ‘Great seeing you guys and living the magic last night. Great show brothers!!!!!'” George wrote, adding, “I’m heartbroken at the passing of our brother Charlie . In relationships you never want to leave anything unsaid , our conversations before shows and after shows we all told each other and Charlie how we felt ! Keep his family in your thoughts and in your prayers and keep a space for Charlie in you’re heart #Chingon I love you Charlie .#CHARLIEMURPHY.”
“Terribly saddened … Charlie,” wrote Paul Mooney, writing partner of famed late comedian Richard Pryor, who starred with Charlie on Chappelle’s Show and has also worked with Eddie in the past.