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Comedian Charlie Murphy dies at 57 of leukemia in his sleep

The Brooklyn native also co-wrote and acted in some of his brother's movies, including the 2007 comedy 'Norbit'. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION New York, NY, United States Apr 12, 2017, 06.35 PM (IST)

Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy died in his sleep at a New York hospital on Wednesday at age 57 after suffering from leukemia, entertainment media reported.

Murphy, whose younger brother is "Coming to America" and "The Nutty Professor" star Eddie Murphy, was a cast member and sketch writer on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show".

Charlie Murphy will forever be immortalised for his role starring in the Chappelle Show's most famous skits, including the "Hater's Ball", and the "True Hollywood Stories" sketches about Rick James and Prince. In these last two sketches, Murphy recounts real--and highly colourful--stories about partying with the two legends during the peak of their prime. Charlie Murphy plays himself in the reenactment of his own story, while Dave Chappelle plays the role of the musicians.

At the time of its release, the Chappelle Show set records for DVD sales, and jokes and lines from sketches became cultural touchstones. 

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The Brooklyn native also co-wrote and acted in some of his brother's movies, including the 2007 comedy "Norbit".

Murphy's agent William Rodriguez was not immediately available for comment. His death was first reported by TMZ and the Hollywood Reporter.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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