Tisha Taylor, Charlie Murphy’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Charlie Murphy and his wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy. (Getty)

Charlie Murphy’s death at the age of 57 on April 12 is not the first time his family has tragically lost someone to cancer.

Murphy’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died of cancer in 2009.

Here’s what you need to know about Tisha Taylor Murphy:

1. Charlie Took Tisha to His Brother’s House the Night They Met & He Said He Knew She Was His ‘Future Wife’

Charlie Murphy and his brother, Eddie Murphy. (Getty)

Charlie Murphy met Tisha Taylor on a boat while she was having dinner with friends. He told BlackDoctor.org it was love at first site:

For me, it was an instant. The first night I met Tisha was on a boat. She was having dinner with her friends. She didn’t know who I was, and I asked her to come with me. Her friends told her not to go. But she did.

Murphy said he brought Tisha to his brother’s house, where Eddie Murphy and other family members were.

“We drove straight to my brother’s house,” he told BlackDoctor.org. “My mother was there. My stepfather was there. Eddie was there. They were all in the kitchen. I walked in and said, ‘This is my future wife.'”

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2. The Couple Married in August 1997 & They Just ‘Fit’ Together Perfectly, Murphy Said

The couple married in August 1997.

Murphy told BlackDoctor.org that his relationship with Tisha was special, it worked perfectly.

“We fit,” Murphy said. “I don’t believe that you can meet another person that fits just like that. She wasn’t even another person. She’s a mirror, you know what I mean. It was like that for twenty years.”

He told journalist Tim Teeman during a 2012 interview that he wasn’t able to tell his wife everything he would have liked to before she died.

“No. I didn’t say I’m sorry,” he said. “Anybody you have a relationship with for 17 years…there are things you say you don’t mean. Losing someone makes you realize life is not long enough to be mad at somebody.”

3. They Had 2 Children Together, a Son & a Daughter

Charlie Murphy with his wife, Tisha, and their son, Xavier. (Getty)

Charlie and Tisha Murphy had two children together, a son and a daughter.

Xavier, their son, is now 18. Their daughter, Eva, is 11. Charlie Murphy also has a son from a previous relationship, who is 31.

Tisha Murphy’s death greatly impacted the family.

“I’m not okay; you’re never really okay you just learn to live with it. That’s something monumental, losing somebody that close in your life,” Charlie Murphy told Vibe in 2010. “It happened to my children, and me you don’t get used to and you don’t get over it.”

Murphy’s son, Xavier, was the same age he was when he lost his own father, Murphy told interviewer Tim Teeman in 2012.

“It’s horrible, but I was able to tell him: ‘I went through what you’re going through,'” Murphy said.

He told BlackDoctor.org that her death helped him realize you need to live life to the fullest, a lesson he passed on to his children.

“I believe everyone has a gift, an ability,” he said. “Something that you actually realize and start to hone. There are people who are acknowledged as the top electrician. The top dentist. The number-one brain surgeon. There are people who’ve become millionaires from plumbing.”

4. She Battled Cancer for 2 Years & Died in Her Sleep at the Couple’s New Jersey Home in December 2009

Tisha Murphy battled cervical cancer for two years. Charlie Murphy in an interview with BlackDoctor.org her diagnosis was a shock to their family:

I came home and she’s in the kids’ room, crying. That’s when she told me. Cervical cancer. You don’t really grasp it. When the person tells you they’re going to die, you go crazy. You become a different person from the moment you hear those words. A young woman like that — don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs. I know people that’s ninety who do all of that.

She died in her sleep on December 14, 2009, at their home in New Jersey at the age of 40, according to MTV.

“Tisha Taylor Murphy, wife of comedian and actor Charlie Murphy, passed away peacefully on Sunday with family at her side after facing the challenges of cancer for the past two years,” Murphy’s publicist, Lyndsey Jacobs, said in a statement to MTV at the time. “The Murphy Family appreciates all of the support they have received from friends and fans and requests privacy during this very difficult time.”

Murphy told BlackDoctor.org, “She’s a very organized woman. When she died, all the arrangements had been made. She made her own arrangements.”

5. Charlie Murphy Said After Her Death That He Was Trying to Be Around His Kids as Much as Possible

Charlie Murphy said during an interview with Hot 103 after his wife’s death that he was trying to spend as much time as possible with his two children, who were 11 and 4 at time their mother died.

“I’m trying to stay around, be around as much as possible,” Murphy said. “I have a nanny, but the nanny is not mommy. … Daddy has to be there. I show up for my kids and my kids see me as much as I possibly can. Every morning, every night. I’ll cook for them myself. I don’t pay somebody else to do that. I’m aware of the fact that one day they are going to grow up and remember all these times.”

He told Vibe that he realized he had to be there for his kids despite the pain he was feeling himself:

I have responsibilities as a man to other people—I have children. Okay, you can be hurt but you’ve still have to do what you’ve got to do and take care of your responsibilities. I didn’t have a luxury of taking a year off. I’ve been baking this [career] cake for a minute and taking a year off will really cool it off a lot. So I couldn’t do that, I had to follow thru with what I’m doing [my work.] And now I’ve been blessed with the ability to do it and God has been working with me and family. Has it been a baby’s ride? No, but we’re okay. As a man, if you lose your wife it’s a horrible experience especially with kids. But when one person passes away and you’re still alive, people still depend on you—that’s what you have to lean on.

Murphy said he did start dating after his wife’s death, but it is not known if he had been in a relationship recently.

“The kids want me to get married, but I don’t want to bring someone home and it not work out,” he told Tim Teeman in 2012. “I’ll always be grieving for my wife but she said: ‘Go on with your life. Find somebody that can make you happy.’”



Kim Butcher

Charlie Murphy I adored him as a comedian but what a great father he was.RIP CHARLIE MURPHY WITH PRINCE & RICK JAMES

Love Frawstee

I agree Kim. I pray that his kids will EVOLVE more than he did


OOOOO racism is realm, how come you hate so much ? Future hitler ?

Naomi Elliott

This is absolutely heart-breaking :_(
His comments after his wife’s death are so simple yet profound.
I am inspired to step up my game from this day forward…Life is too real.
Rip to this lovely couple and prayers and love going out for their children

Love Frawstee

He sure had some big lips. He couldn’t drive a convertible that way. His lips would flap him to death. Lol

Frawstee does know

Well Ana that beats being a B Hole like you. And what’s taking so long to make my sandwich? After that iron some clothes assuming you washed them already instead of playing around on my computer


You should have been aborted!! What a sad waste of life you are!!

fantastic 09

Ass like that you give melted brooklax for hot chocolate just like how hatred is spewing from the comments let the sucker ass burns from diarrhea.


Dumb ass,another attempt to make a racist comment,a whole lot of white women getting their lips pumped up because they want to look like us.again dumb ass!

Love Frawstee

Yeah they want to walk on all fours have gorilla breath and swing from light posts. This attracts the male of the species. Lol
And how many welfare checks that we pay for have u cashed??
Get back to making some male gorilla his lunch. Your recess is OVERRRRR

Sha Marnie Ma'at

Do you know your history?

I guess not, its simple we are great we have always been great, you disease are just a false pretender. We are the monkeys are you sure coming from those that rose out of caves, from the Caucasus Mountains!!!

Know your history you blank slate, come with some real facts. As long as I know how great my people are that’s fine with me. Please keep on hating, we love it anger is never a good place. I don’t pity you just think your a joke.

Take your jealousy of my people and keep it!

Frawstee is Master ooh ooh ahh ahh

Ok Sha. I love your people. I mean someone has to clean my toilet. I’m not gonna do it. lol. I mean there’s a reason your kids will work for my kids. Now git back to work. You’re not ready for the big leagues lol lol

Kaylon Centres

One thing I’ve noticed about people throwing the welfare card are the same ones whose relatives actually had to kidnap others, raped and stole. All this because they didn’t have the adequate skin color to actually WORK out in the sun. I bet she’ll still lick a monkey’s stick, though.

Frawstee Speaks

I don’t mind anyone throwing a card at me. It’s the poop throwing these baboons do that gets kinda messy


Frawstee, normally, I am loath to respond to trolls, but I would like to point out that, for someone so superior to “monkeys” as you put it, you sure do spend an inordinate amount of time trying to attract their attention. It speaks volumes. One might even say it’s downright Freudian. Your wife might indeed enjoy the black lollipop, but I wager she’d have to get in line behind you, lol.

Frawstee keeps frawsing y'all

Look y’all Ebony is another housekeeper sluffing off from her pimp. Hey Ebony how much? Lol
Just kidding. I don’t have sex with animals lol

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