Charlie Murphy is being remembered for his hilarious sketches on "Chappelle's Show." (Courtesy Simon and Schuster)

Charlie Murphy is being remembered for his hilarious sketches on "Chappelle's Show." (Courtesy Simon and Schuster)

Remembering funny man Charlie Murphy

Fellow comics and celebrities are praising the genius of Charlie Murphy.

The actor, best known for his hilarious “True Hollywood Stories” about Prince and Rick James on ”Chappelle’s Show,” died Wednesday following a battle with leukemia. He was 57.

Among those remembering the funny guy were Russell Simmons, Gabrielle Union, Ice Cube, Zendaya, Samuel L. Jackson, Magic Johnson and Chris Rock, who wrote, “We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time.”

Of course, he also was brother to Eddie Murphy, with whom he collaborated on movies such as “Norbit” and “Vampire in Brooklyn.”

In 2016, he toured with comics Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez, and D.L. Hughley, who said, “He was the best storyteller I ever heard.”

Other recent gigs included roles in the series “Black Dynamite” and “Black Jesus” and in the movie “Meet the Blacks” and in the current season of “Powers.”

According to the New York Daily News, in a final Twitter post Tuesday night, Murphy wrote, “One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.”


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