US comedian Charlie Murphy has died at the age of 57 following a battle with leukaemia.
The prominent stand-up and actor, who was the older brother of Eddie Murphy, passed away at a New York hospital on Wednesday, his publicist has confirmed.
According to TMZ, Murphy had been undergoing chemotherapy at the time of his death.
The comedian had a career as a successful stand-up comic in the US before becoming a household name through Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central skit show.
We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time . Charlie Murphy RIP. pic.twitter.com/AAwItp5AJC— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 12, 2017
Just came out of meditation and learned that one of my friends and my biggest comedy idol passed. Damn I loved Charlie Murphy— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) April 12, 2017
He also worked alongside his brother as a writer on films including Norbit, and appeared on screen in Night at the Museum and Our Family Wedding.
Murphy’s most recent acting credit was US television series Power, in which he played Marshal Williams.
Members of the comedy community paid tribute to the star, including Chris Rock, who wrote on Twitter: “We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time . Charlie Murphy RIP.”
Russell Simmons posted: “Just came out of meditation and learned that one of my friends and my biggest comedy idol passed. Damn I loved Charlie Murphy.”
The last tweet sent from Murphy’s account, posted just a few hours before news of his death was announced read: “Rise & Grind: “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” - Abraham Lincoln.”