Comedian Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie Murphy, has died of leukemia

Charlie Murphy, who has died aged 57
Charlie Murphy, who has died aged 57 Credit: Rex Features

Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comedy stand-up and performer in his own right, has died.

Murphy died on Wednesday in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. Murphy was 57.

Charlie Murphy, photographed in 2007 Credit: Reuters

He was perhaps best-known for his appearances on Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central. He collaborated with writing his brother on films including Norbert and Vampire in Brooklyn. He voiced roles in animated TV series that include The Boondocks and Black Jesus.

He also worked with his younger brother Eddie, co-writing the films Norbert and Vampire In Brooklyn.

Charlie Murphy performs in New York in 2006 Credit: Lucas Jackson

Eddie Murphy paid tribute to his brother in a statement from family. It read: "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."

He also worked with his younger brother Eddie, co-writing the films Norbert and Vampire In Brooklyn.

Murphy voiced a role in the animated TV series The Boondocks and appeared in the comedy series Black Jesus.

His films include Our Family Wedding, King's Ransom and CB4.

He is also credited with appearances on the TV drama series Power which will air later this year.

Tributes poured in following his death.

Comedian Chris Rock wrote on Twitter: "We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time."

Former basketball great Magic Johnson tweeted:  "I haven't seen anything as funny as Charlie Murphy & Dave Chappelle's skits on the Chappelle's Show!"

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton the musical, said Murphy's "storytelling was hilarious and unforgettable".