Distraught venue officials said they learned of Murphy's death through family and friends Wednesday. He died at a New York City hospital, TMZ reports.
Murphy was known for numerous roles, including several appearances on “Chappelle’s Show.” He also worked with his brother Eddie Murphy on multiple movies.
His death comes eight years after his wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died following a long battle with cancer, MTV reported at the time. The couple had two children together, and Murphy had a third from a previous marriage.
Murphy was born in Brooklyn and resided in New Jersey.
Numerous tributes were posted on social media following news of Murphy’s death: