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Comedian Charlie Murphy Dies at 57
Ryan Parker Apr-12-2017 108 0


Charlie Murphy, Chappelle Show star and older brother of Eddie Murphy, has died, publicist Domenick Nati told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 57. 

Murphy died from leukemia on Wednesday, Nati said.

Murphy became a household name through Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central skit show thanks to his amazing stories of interactions with other celebrities during the height of his brother's fame in the 1980s. The most popular short turned into a skit about Rick James. 

Murphy's final tweet on Tuesday: "One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible." 

Murphy also appeared in numerous movies, TV shows and even lent his voice to some video games.

Murphy was on record as saying he was a hothead when he worked as a bodyguard for his brother. He said he loved Eddie so much, and thought he was so funny, that he would pick fights with people who did not laugh at his brother's jokes when he performed.

"It was to the point that, if I went to a show and you were the hater in the audience that was like, 'That s--- wasn't funny' POW! I'm jamming you, man," Murphy once said. "Because the s--- was funny. There was 10,000 people laughing, and you that one joker that wanna try and squeeze a lemon. F--- you. I don't even want you to be there. And I took it as a personal crusade, and they were like, 'You know what, you're a little overzealous with your job.' So, that is how I ended up not doing that anymore."

Murphy is also remembered for his amazing tale about the legendary musician, Prince. Made into a skit for Chappelle Show, Murphy said he and friends played basketball against Prince and his entourage one night in the 1980s. Murphy said he was shocked how good Prince was at the game. Afterward, Prince made everyone pancakes. Prince was on record saying the story was true, even the breakfast.

"We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time . Charlie Murphy RIP," Chris Rock wrote on Twitter.

Mogul Russell Simmons tweeted: "Just came out of meditation and learned that one of my friends and my biggest comedy idol passed. Damn I loved Charlie Murphy."
"Terribly saddened ... Charlie," comedian Paul Mooney wrote. 

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Porsha shot back at Phaedra and said she now felt silly because she had been sticking up for her.

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A Hinds County Sheriff's Department deputy has filed a lawsuit against singer R. Kelly for allegedly having an affair with his wife.

According to reports by WAPT and WLBT, Deputy Kenny Bryant filed the lawsuit against Kelly on April 21 in Hinds County Circuit Court. The lawsuit claims that Bryant's wife, Asia Childress, had a romantic relationship with Kelly prior to their July 15, 2012 wedding. Bryant says he was told that the relationship was at an end. Bryant said the relationship with Kelly rekindled when his wife attended a Kelly concert in October 2012.

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Legendary musician Chuck Berry has died, police confirm. He was 90.

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Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem "We Are Family," has died, the band's representative said Saturday.

She was 60.

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Sledge and her sisters Debbie, Kim and Kathy formed the Sister Sledge in 1971 in Philadelphia, their hometown, but struggled for years before success came.

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Chance the Rapper announced Monday that he would donate $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools for arts education.

The Grammy Award-winning artist made the announcement at an impromptu press conference at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago.

The rap star, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, was born in Chicago and attended public school in his hometown. Hemet with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner over the weekend after the governor vetoed a bill that would’ve helped the school district pay its pension bill.

Chance said Monday that their conversation had been “unsuccessful” and that Rauner would only propose solutions with “caveats and ultimatums.”

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“Hated him since he asked my friend’s father at a Doral pro-am if he’d ever ‘f--ked a n----r,’ the “House of Lies” star tweeted Saturday. “Did it for me.”

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Foxx mentioned an offensive racial term among the examples of the vulgar language used.

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A man suspected of murdering rapper T-Pain's niece last summer has been found dead in Tallahassee, Fla., police say.

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The department's Violent Crimes and Forensic Units have launched an investigation, but police officials say Jackson's death appeared to be a suicide. They noted the investigation remains in the early stages.

Police had been searching for Jackson since August in connection to the killing of 23-year-old Javona Glover, who was stabbed to death outside a West Tallahassee Walgreens store, where she worked.

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