Charlie Murphy was famous because he was Eddie’s brother, but more so because he provided all of us with two of the funniest stories America’s ever heard.
Sadly, Murphy passed away after a long battle with leukemia on April 12. Upon hearing the news, friends and fans alike took to social media to remember the comedian, and pass along the larger-than-life tales he left behind.
George Wallace remembered one he imparted to Esquire some years back, and shared it via Twitter. It’s a of a moment not long after his discharge, when he suddenly discovered he was missing something pretty essential.
“In the military, you don’t wear street clothes, you wear a uniform. Now, I’m in Hollywood, these guys are going out every night, and I have no clothes at all. Eddie says to me, ‘Go shopping.’ But I didn’t know what to buy. How am I supposed to look? I’d lost all of that. So he said, ‘You know what, man, I have a whole bunch of clothes I’m getting rid of.’ And he gave me the leather jackets, all the show-business stuff he was wearing back then. One night we went out. I had on a green glitter busboy jacket, no shirt, bunch of chains around my neck. We went into the club and I could hear everybody screaming, ‘That’s him! It’s Eddie Murphy.’ And someone said, ‘Who’s that other guy, the one who looks just like him? That must be his brother.'”
The day before he died, the vet tweeted this out to the world:
One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.
— Charlie Murphy (@charliemurphy) April 12, 2017
Murphy served as a boiler technician for six years, from 1978 to 1984.
He was 57 years old.