I went into stand-up comedy after the TV show I was on, Chappelle’s Show, went off air and I needed to pay the bills. She became known for talking about her family to get an audience. I worked on security for my brother when he first became successful but there was really no job. You’re not taking 30 years off and coming back on the same level. My son’s 13 and my daughter’s six but I have to go on tour.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Murphy family issued the following statement: “Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie.
I shut the door on him and he tried to stab my feet under the door. There are people who will compare us but look at his last DVD, he was a kid, I’m a grown adult with kids myself. Being there to support someone else is cool if you’re a troop but I’m a general. I left shortly after that happened and wrote my first film script. I hope I won’t be overprotective with my daughter but I don’t know – I don’t trust guys.
One day he wasn’t in the mood for it and threw a hammer at me and tried to stab me. The last time Eddie Murphy did stand-up was 30 years ago. A lot of other comedians have cast their shadow since Eddie Murphy. When someone becomes famous they’re thrust into an unfamiliar world so they bring their old world with them to make them feel comfortable. One day, I remember Eddie’s manager and his friend sitting on a boat, drinking, and the friend was saying: ‘And what does that one do? He pointed to me and the manager said: ‘Just give him a sweatsuit and he’ll be happy,’ as if we were fools. I was there for the person I loved and the people around him didn’t like it. He talks about doing stand-up himself again but he’s hesitant after all this time. If I’m off the stage for three weeks, I’m scared to get back on it. It can be difficult but I’m only ever away for a short time.
He leaves behind three children - two from his marriage to Tisha Taylor Murphy, who died in 2009 from cervical cancer, and another from a previous relationship.
His friend Russell Simmons paid tribute to him, calling him his “biggest comedy idol”.