Charlie Murphy, the comedian, voice-over artist and older brother of the actor and comic Eddie Murphy, died on Wednesday at a hospital in New York City. He was 57.
His publicist, Domenick Nati, said the cause was leukemia. No other details were immediately available.
With his brother’s help, Mr. Murphy began his show-business career in the late 1980s, mostly taking bit roles in movies. Decades later, he became best known for a part on Dave Chappelle’s acclaimed sketch-comedy series “Chappelle’s Show,” which was broadcast on Comedy Central from 2003 to 2006.
In the fan-favorite series of sketches known as “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” which Mr. Murphy helped write, he would spoof himself, regaling viewers with stories of his encounters with celebrities like Rick James and Prince. Both Mr. James and Prince later confirmed that the skits were based in truth.
Mr. Murphy’s first major movie role was in “CB4,” the 1993 comedy about a fictional rap group, which also starred Chris Rock. Most recently, Mr. Murphy starred in the Adult Swim series “Black Jesus,” which was first broadcast in 2014, and voiced a character in the animated Adult Swim show “The Boondocks.”
He also provided the voice of a dog in Eddie Murphy’s film “Norbit” (2007), which he helped write. He was credited as a writer on his brother’s 1995 movie, “Vampire in Brooklyn” and on the 2002 movie “Paper Soldiers,” which starred Kevin Hart in his film debut.