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Remembering Charlie Murphy’s ‘Chappelle’s Show’ sketches

Charlie Murphy (left) with his brother Eddie in 2012.

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Charlie Murphy (left) with his brother Eddie in 2012.

Comedian Charlie Murphy, a standout presence on ‘‘Chappelle’s Show,’’ has died at 57, according to news reports.

The comedian and older brother of Eddie Murphy famously appeared on Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central show, where he recounted stories of crossing paths with superstar entertainers including Prince and Rick James in the recurring sketch ‘‘Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories.’’

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His most memorable sketch recalled a basketball game Murphy and his brother played against Prince in the 1980s. Chappelle, in a purple velvet suit, played Prince as Murphy told the now-legendary story against a green screen. ‘‘This cat could ball,’’ Murphy said of Prince. ‘‘He was crossing cats like (Allen) Iverson.’’

After delivering the kicker -- that Prince served them pancakes and a side of trash talk after the game -- Murphy looks straight into the camera. ‘‘Who the f-- could make up that sh--?’’ he says.

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After TMZ reported Murphy’s death, celebrities including Russell Simmons, Chris Rock and Paul Mooney, who also appeared on ‘‘Chappelle’s Show,’’ paid tribute to the comedian on social media.

Another beloved ‘‘Chappelle’s Show’’ sketch re-enacted Murphy getting punched in the face by soul singer Rick James. James, who died in 2004, also appeared on the show.

The sketch yielded a number of catch phrases -- most famously ‘‘I’m Rick James, b---”. The sketch was referenced in a 2006 song by the late singer Amy Winehouse, whose cover of the Zutons’s ‘‘Valerie’’ begins with ‘‘I’m sorry, Charlie Murphy. I was having too much fun,’’ a modified version of a line Chappelle (as Rick James) says to Murphy after punching him.

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