Comedian Charlie Murphy issued an official statement after the death of Prince on Thursday at age of 57. Though a coroner hasn’t confirmed it, Prince may have died from the flu. He battled the illness several weeks before his death, reports said.

Murphy’s publicist, Domenick Nati, sent an official statement to International Business Times. “Thank you to everyone who has reached out to Charlie Murphy regarding the passing of Prince today,” he said in the statement. “Charlie has issued these words regarding today’s news of Prince’s death. ‘I’m blown away. May he rest in peace. Music has lost one of its greatest icons.’ ” 

The same message appeared on Murphy’s verified Twitter account and official Facebook page, where he added: “#RIP Prince. Your music was the soundtrack to a special time in my life.”

Charlie Murphy, the brother of Eddie Murphy, famously recalled a Prince story during a skit on “Chappelle’s Show,” which starred comedian Dave Chappelle. He talked about hanging out with Prince, playing basketball and eating pancakes.

prince Prince performs at the Zenith in Paris, Aug. 25, 1986. Photo: Getty Images

Not only was Prince good at playing basketball, he could also cook. “They were good, man. They were really good. They were actually perfect,” Murphy said of the pancakes. “They were as good as he played guitar.”

Prince is best known for songs like “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.”

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