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Chappelle's Show alumnus Charlie Murphy dead at 57

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Charlie Murphy, Chappelle's Show star and older brother of actor and comedian Eddie Murphy, has died at age 57 after a long battle with leukaemia.

According to Charlie's manager, he died from leukemia Wednesday morning in a New York City hospital, reported TMZ. Not only was he a stand-up comedian, but he co-wrote some of Eddie's movies, including Vampire in Brooklyn, Norbit, and had roles in films like Are We There Yet?, Black Jesus, and The Boondocks.

He has said that he was so fond of Eddie and found him so amusing that he would not hesitate to confront people who did not laugh during his appearances.

Losing Charlie Murphy is a big blow to the world of comedy.

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Charlie Murphy will be sorely missed by all as his "Real Hollywood Stories" on Chappelle Show (yes, most especially Rick James) will be remembered for all time.

Charlie Murphy, pictured in 2006, was best known for his work on Chappelle's Show. In a recent interview with Variety, Eddie said that Charlie is his "best impression", and joked that he wished Charlie would "get famous...because people could see this great impression" that he does.

Actor Eddie Murphy (L) with his older brother Charlie Murphy.

Murphy's final tweet was a touching one, and has been retweeted more than 31,000 times, and liked more than 36,000 times. 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! "And I took it as a personal crusade, and they were like, 'You know what, you're a little overzealous with your job.' So, that is how I ended up not doing that anymore". Murphy's wife Tisha Taylor Murphy also died after battling cancer in 2009.

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