Dave Chappelle and John Mayer just came together to honor their friend and comedy legend, Charlie Murphy. Murphy was well known from his time on “Chappelle’s Show.” He took part in memorable skits like Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories: Prince.
Murphy passed away on April 12, at age 57, after a long battle with leukemia.
Chappelle, who is good pals with Mayer, made a surprise appearance at the singer’s concert in Ohio. He said:
“Today I got some terrible news. My good friend Charlie Murphy passed away this morning, and everybody in comedy is heartbroken.”
The pair then performed a beautiful tribute to Murphy, dedicating the song “You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me” to his memory.
Murphy is the older brother of comedy legend, Eddie Murphy. He starred in a number of funny favorites including “The Boondocks,” “Are We There Yet?” and “Black Jesus.” He also co-wrote a number of his brother’s best-known films, including “Norbit.”
In honoring his friend, Chappelle became emotional. Telling Mayer that he was a “sight for sore eyes,” he joined him in this moving song:
Murphy was more than just a comedic genius, he was also a very hard worker and dedicated to his craft. He said that he didn’t want to be “defined by his illness,” so he kept his leukemia diagnosis private and continued to work. He played a prison guard on Starz’s newest season of “Power,” and he never let his illness impact his dedication to his work. Starz had this to say about Murphy’s passing: “He joined Power for our upcoming season, and his talent shines in every scene. We were fortunate to have worked with him.”
Stars such as Nas, Chance the Rapper and 50 Cent also mourned the Murphy’s passing on social media.
At Mayer’s concert, Chappelle concluded his tribute to Murphy by saying, “Rest in peace, Charlie Murphy. We love you, we love your comedy, we love your stories, and we love your spirit.”