Dave Chappelle among mourners at Charlie Murphy's memorial service
Charlie Murphy was laid to rest surrounded by comedians including Dave Chappelle and Cedric the Entertainer on Wednesday evening (19Apr17).
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Eddie Murphy’s older brother passed away at the age of 57 in a New York City hospital on 12 April (17) while receiving chemotherapy to treat his leukaemia.
Charlie’s family and friends gathered in New Jersey on Wednesday evening to celebrate his life during a memorial service.
Cedric the Entertainer shared an image from the event on Instagram showing comedians including Chappelle, George Lopez, D.L. Hughley, Neal Brennan, Donnell Rawlings and Eddie Griffin lined up inside the venue dressed in black tuxedos.
“Tonite we joined Family n Friends to pay tribute and lay to rest our brother the Legendary #charliemurphy @neilbrennan @realdlhughley @georgelopez @eddiegriffin @donnellrawlings @davechapelle (sic),” he wrote.
Rawlings, Hughley and Lopez shared a similar picture, with Rawlings writing in the caption, “We love you charlie RIP keep doing it big.”
Following the news of his death, Charlie’s family said in a statement, “Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie… Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed.
“Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”
Charlie was a regular on TV and co-wrote some of his brother’s movies. He also appeared in the TV series Are We There Yet?, Black Jesus, The Boondocks, and Chappelle’s Show, and he hosted his own comedy show, Charlie Murphy’s Law, in 2014.
His film credits included Night at the Museum, Mo’ Better Blues, The Players Club, Harlem Nights, and Norbit, in which he voiced Floyd the Dog.