Comedic giants gathered to lay Charlie Murphy to rest on Wednesday night in New Jersey.
Murphy, older brother to actor/comedian Eddie Murphy, passed away in a New York City hospital at 57 last week after battling leukemia.
Personalities like Dave Chappelle, George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley and Eddie Griffin gathered to pay tribute to Murphy’s life.
Cedric took to Instagram to help remember his friend. “Tonite [sic] we joined Family n Friends to pay tribute and lay to rest our brother the Legendary #charliemurphy…” he captioned his post. He tagged other attendees including Hughley, Lopez, Griffin, Donnell Rawlings and others.
Griffin’s Twitter post, showing the attendees, is captioned, “Darkness is spreading… paying last respects to brother Charlie Murphy.”
Neal Brennan, who co-created and co-wrote for “The Chappelle Show,” took to Instagram as well after Murphy passed away. He wrote, “First stuff I ever officially directed were the Rick James and Prince stories. Dude [Murphy] changed my life. One of the most unique people I’ve ever met. So funny. So weird… Unforgettable dude. Really sad…”
In a statement to E! News, Murphy’s family wrote, “Our hearts are heavy with the loss 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.”
Murphy was a prominent part of “The Chappelle Show” in the early-2000s and was featured in multiple skits that captured the collective — and comedic — spirit of the decade’s television. He narrated the “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” segment which famously depicted Prince playing a basketball game, and another with the eccentric Rick James.
Murphy also played characters Buc Nasty and Rodney “Quills” Dinkin.
Outside of “The Chappelle Show,” Murphy was a supporting actor in a number of films, and did a fair amount of voiceover work for animated Adult Swim shows, and video games.
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