'Chappelle's Show' Star Charlie Murphy dies at 57

Charlie Murphy, the comedian, voice-over artist and older brother of the actor and comic Eddie Murphy, died on Wednesday at a hospital in New York City. He was 57.

Although Charlie Murphy began his show-business career in the late 1980s with the help of his brother, his star truly rose to fame decades later in the fan-favorite series of sketches known as “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” featured on Dave Chappelle’s acclaimed sketch-comedy series which was broadcast on Comedy Central from 2003 to 2006.

In the sketches, Mr. Murphy would spoof himself, regaling viewers with stories of his encounters with celebrities like Prince and Rick James:

CHARLIE MURPHY'S TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORIES - PRINCE (UNCENSORED)

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CHARLIE MURPHY'S TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORIES - RICK JAMES PT. 1 (UNCENSORED)

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Both Mr. James and Prince later confirmed that the skits were based in truth.

His publicist said the cause was leukemia.

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