Charlie Murphy, beloved stand-up comedian, actor and older brother to Eddie Murphy, has died today, it's being reported by numerous media outlets, after a battle with leukemia. He died in a New York City hospital. His manager reportedly said he'd been going through chemotherapy.
He was just 57 years old.
Some of you expressed concern for Murphy several months ago, when we posted a first-look image from his upcoming appearance in Starz's summer drama series, "Power."
Murphy joined the fourth season cast of the show, the network announced in January of this year, sharing the first-look photo (at the bottom of this post) featuring star Omari Hardwick and Murphy, who plays a United States Marshal named Williams in the series. That's all we know of the character at this time.
Most recently, he appeared in the 2016 comedy-horror "Meet the Blacks," as well as the Adult Swim comedy TV series "Black Jesus" (created by Aaron McGruder), in which he was a series regular.
More details when we have more to share.
Fellow comedian/actors like Chris Rock took to Twitter to express their condolences:
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
Below is the first-look photo from "Power" that Starz shared which alarmed some of you who wondered about Murphy's health:
From POWER season 4 - Starz