Legendary stand-up comedian Charlie Murphy has been laid to rest in a private ceremony. Friends and family of the 57-year-old star, who lost his battle with leukaemia on 12 April, gathered in New Jersey on 19 April to pay their final respects.
Sharing a group picture from the funeral, Cedric the Entertainer, who toured with Murphy as part of The Comedy Get Down Tour, revealed that fellow comedians such as George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and D L Hughley were also present for the intimate send-off.
Showing the group in black suits, he captioned the snap:"Tonite we joined Family n Friends to pay tribute and lay to rest our brother the Legendary #charliemurphy @neilbrennan @realdlhughley @georgelopez @eddiegriffin @donnellrawlings @davechapelle S/o @jaypharoah @affioncrockett #Capone #terryhodges #garfield"
The Barbershop star revealed no further details about the ceremony. Cedric previously paid tribute to his friend recalling his "great laugh" and "rockstar style" in an emotional open letter. He told fans: "I'm honoured to have walked beside him during such a fruitful and yet challenging time in his life. I'm especially glad that we were all able to say the things to him that people need to say to each other in life which is so full of swift transitions – life can change in an instant... and it did just that today."
Eddie was not pictured with the group and has not commented on his sibling's death since expressing the family's grief in a statement which said: "[Our] hearts are heavy with the loss."
Murphy became a comic legend thanks to his iconic appearances on the True Hollywood Stories skits on the Chappelle's Show. The sketches go behind-the-scenes of incidents in Charlie's early life, most notably involving Rick James and Prince.