Comedian Charlie Murphy sadly dies aged 57

Hip Hop Hollywood 13/04/2017

US stand-up comedian and actor Charlie Murphy has died in New York at the age of 57 after a long battle with leukaemia.

Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy, was best known for his time as a regular on Chappelle's Show.

His crack-up stories on Chappelle's Show about he and Eddie's encounters with legendary US musicians Prince and Rick James have been remembered as iconic sketches.

The comic tweeting out just hours before his passing, quoting Abraham Lincoln and urging his followers to "release the past as deeply as possible".

Fellow comedian Chris Rock tweeted his sadness at Murphy's death, calling him "one of the funniest, most real brothers of all time".