Not everybody is fortunate enough to live an amazing life before departing from this world. Death is always inevitable. Tragedies tend to part and parcel of life. The best you can do is make the most of it while you're still living.
The well-renowned comedian Charlie Murphy certainly managed to live a blissful life before bidding farewell to his loved ones and his fans. Let's have a look at the cause of his death, as well as the life he lived with his wife and kids.
Charlie Murphy Passed Away At 57
The former Chappelle's Show star Charlie Murphy tragically passed away aged 57 on 12th April 2017. He was putting up a brave fight against leukemia but eventually lost the battle.
The Murphy family released a statement where they said:
"Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle, and friend Charlie."
The statement continued, Charlie filled their family with love and laughter and they miss him immensely. They appreciated the condolences and prayers and respectfully asked for privacy at the time of such great sorrow.
Earlier, Charlie tweeted a cryptic message right before he died. The night before his death, he left an inspiring tweet, which in hindsight turned out to be foreshadowing his own life.
One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.— Charlie Murphy (@charliemurphy) April 12, 2017
Charlie's death was certainly ominous and incredibly sad at the same time!
Charlie Murphy's Married Life With Wife Tisha Taylor
Charlie was not the only one the Murphy family tragically lost due to cancer. Murphy's wife Tisha Taylor Murphy died due to cervical cancer in 2009. Although it's incredibly sad the way both husband and wife departed due to a fatal illness, the couple certainly lived a blissful life together.
Often people are skeptical about fate, but there's definitely a feeling of destiny the way the pair met for the first time. Charlie met Tisha while she was having dinner with her friends on a boat. It was apparently a love at first sight.
During an interview, Charlie said:
"For me, it was an instant. The first night I met Tisha was on a boat. She was having dinner with her friends. She didn’t know who I was, and I asked her to come with me. Her friends told her not to go. But she did."
When the love is pure, you eventually decide to spend the rest of your life with your special partner. The couple did exactly that as they tied the knot in August 1997. Murphy revealed he had a special relationship with his wife and they just fit perfectly. He said:
“I don’t believe that you can meet another person that fits just like that. She wasn’t even another person. She’s a mirror, you know what I mean. It was like that for twenty years.”
The adorable couple shared two children together, a son named Xavier Murphy, and a daughter named Eva Murphy. Charlie also had another son from his previous relationship.
Meanwhile, tragedy ensued in the Murphy family when Tisha died in her sleep at the couple's New Jersey home on 14th December 2009 aged 40. She was battling cervical cancer for two years and eventually lost the fight.
Murphy later revealed that after his wife passed away he was striving to spend as much time as possible with his two children who were just 11 and 4 at the time of their mother's death. He felt he needed to be there for his kids despite the pain he was going through himself.
Charlie Murphy: Quick Facts
- Born on 12th July 1959 in Brooklyn, New York.
- His birth sign was Cancer.
- His parents were Charles Edward Murphy and Lillian Murphy.
- He worked alongside Dave Chappelle in the sketch comedy show Chappelle's Show.
- His first film appearance was in Harlem Nights.
- He voiced Big Kid on the animated show Thugaboo.
- He was the older brother of popular comedian Eddie Murphy.
- His net worth was estimated to be $2.5 million.
- He died on 12th July 1959 aged 57.