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Mourning The Passing Of Comedian, Charlie Murphy
April 12th, 2017

Beloved comedian, Charlie Murphy passed away unexpectedly today, and many hip hop artists, including Public Enemy's own Chuck D, publicly expressed their admiration for the entertainer and their grief over his sudden passing.

Charlie Murphy enjoyed a long career as a comedian, actor, author and TV writer. Murphy appeared in a number of feature films, including "Jungle Fever" and "Night at the Museum," but he is best known for his comedic work on television, where he appeared on shows like "The Boondocks" and "Chapelle's Show," where he famously retold unbelievable stories about his encounters with celebrities like Rick James and Prince.

Murphy passed away today at the age of 57 due to leukemia.

"Rest In Laughter our good brother & Velt Homeboy [Charlie Murphy,] who I been a fan of since 1976. Way before the rest of world knew of him & Ed," Public Enemy's Chuck D wrote on Twitter. Chuck also posted a picture of Charlie Murphy's autobiography, The Making of A Stand-Up Guy.

Murphy had many friends and fans in the hip hop community, and artists like Ice Cube, LL Cool J, and Chance the Rapper also expressed their condolences and paid tribute to the comedian on social media.

Murphy posted his final tweet last night, telling the world "One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible." The comedian's wife tragically passed away of cervical cancer in 2009; he is survived by his three children.

By Michael Lacerna for PublicEnemy.com