Today, we lost a legendary comedian Murphy, yet somehow it was also his brother’s day.
— Kip Smithers (@Nicktheegr8) April 12, 2017
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 12, 2017
Yet, fans were not happy about it.
ATTN media: DO NOT use the headline "Eddie Murphy's brother dead." His name is Charlie Murphy and we know it. Respect him. Lead w/ his name.
— Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) April 12, 2017
aye moe stop disrespecting my man calling him "Eddie Murphy's older brother" we know him, just like we know of Eddie #RIPCharlieMurphy
— wood (@jaywoodbury_) April 12, 2017
To be clear, Charlie Murphy is a successful stand-up comedian in his own right and does not need to be recognized along with brother. He’s filled stadiums and auditoriums all around the world and been featured in dozens of shows movies, including “Vampire in Brooklyn,” “The Boondocks” and more recently, “Meet the Blacks.” But he’s mostly recognized for his role on “Chapelle’s Show,” opposite Dave Chapelle as Rick James. It was the slap heard around the world and he clapped back with the ultimate kong fu kick.
Show some respect to a veteran with over 25 years under his belt. Honestly, it’s disrespectful and quite frankly, I’m glad someone said something. Maybe this was a ploy to give Eddie Murphy some shine aside from his tons of kids. How many does he have again? Is he still making movies? Is he even funny anymore? I only remember Coming to America and Boomerang. Oops, did I say that? Yes, I did.
Either way, R.I.P Charlie Murphy, you will forever be missed.
Check out some of the other tweets celebrating the legendary comedian. #RIPCharlieMurphy
— Glenn Westfall, Jr. (@GWest327) April 13, 2017
Black Jesus will never be the same #RIPCharlieMurphy
— BLLaze (@JUSTmusicEnt) April 13, 2017
— Masta Ace (@mastaace) April 12, 2017
— HOT 97 (@HOT97) April 12, 2017
— 70's 80's 90's (@70s80sAnd90s) April 12, 2017