Actor and comedian, Charlie Murphy, has died at the age of 57 – according to his manager.
Charlie was the elder brother of Eddie Murphy but found fame himself as an iconic stand up comedian, reports TMZ.
He also helped his brother to write the classic romantic comedy, Norbit, back in 2007.
It is claimed that Charlie Murphy died earlier this morning as a direct result of Leukemia which he had been fighting against, using chemotherapy, for some time.
Although Murphy will be remembered for countless jokes and appearences, some of his most loved and cherished appearences come from his time on the Chappelle’s Show – especially the sketches featuring Rick James and Prince.
As you can probably imagine the Internet exploded in the immediate aftermath of this sad, sad news:
I could honestly cry picturing Charlie Murphy walking into heaven & immediately getting punched in the forehead by Rick James. #ColdBlooded
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) April 12, 2017
— deezus christ? (@YVGGADEEZUS) April 12, 2017
Wow.. R.I.P Charlie Murphy
— preHISTORIC (@AziziGibson) April 12, 2017
If Comedy Central are going to do a tribute to Charlie Murphy, they better get Dave Chappelle involved. ?
— Ali (+_+) (@TvvitterGod1) April 12, 2017
This guy was comedy even when he wasnt talking pic.twitter.com/DIh5qSvpNl
— Juanfran??♂️ (@NarcoReus) April 12, 2017
RIP Charlie Murphy. Truly a comedic legend. Hope Rick James greets you with heaven's stickiest of the icky as Prince makes pancakes.
— Wellington Boyce (@WellieBoyce) April 12, 2017
man i know rick james and charlie murphy up in heaven choppin shit up. you cant kill ideas :,(
— arya stark fan accou (@ethantrigve) April 12, 2017
Our thoughts go out to the Murphy family at this sad, sad time.
What a legend.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.