Charlie Murphy Dies at 57 After a Battle With Leukemia
One of the “funniest and real brothers” as Chris Rock describes him, Charlie Murphy, the brother of Eddie Murphy, will surely be missed. The 57-year-old comedian has been battling with cancer but he never mentioned it to his co-workers. On Wednesday, he has succumbed to leukemia.
In a report published by TMZ, they wrote that Charlie Murphy has been going in and out of the hospital for his chemotherapy sessions. But despite his ordeal, he never mentioned it to any of his co-workers.
People describe Charlie as a gracious person. He often gave time for fans to take selfies with him. As one fan, Michael Bordie, recounts that when he saw Charlie at Dallas International Airport, he asked if he could take a picture with him and the comedian gladly accommodated. Michael Bordie even comments that “Charlie was super nice”.
Despite his ordeal, Eddie Murphy’s brother chose not to inform anyone about his illness. Only those closest to him knew of the battle he was facing. Even the cast and production team who worked with him on a daily basis were shocked to learn about his demise. They never knew that something was terribly wrong with the comedian until they heard of his death.
The reason behind Charlie’s keeping his illness a secret was that he never wanted his condition to define him. He wanted to be remembered for what he can do and what he has done. Even with such a burden, Charlie worked on the set of “Power” just like everybody does. He worked hard and gave it his best. In fact, he did it so well that nobody noticed that he was sick.
When Charlie left, everyone was shocked. Starz, where the show “Power” airs have sent their condolences to the family and friends of Charlie Murphy. He was survived by his three children and Eddie Murphy, his brother.