Mayer, who was performing in Columbus, Ohio, brought Chappelle onto the stage with him toward the end of the show. Murphy often starred in sketches on “Chappelle’s Show,” most notably in a segment called “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories.” Mayer and Chappelle are good friends, and the singer once appeared in a sketch on the Comedy Central series.
The musician and comedian began by sharing jokes and stories about each other, before Chappelle brought up the news of Murphy’s death.
“My good friend Charlie Murphy passed away this morning, and everybody in comedy is heartbroken,” Chappelle said, before asking Mayer to play a song for Murphy. He urged the crowd to put their phones away so they could “make a memory that only we have.” (Of course, at least one person didn’t listen, which leaves us with the video above — and we’ll admit, we’re grateful to see the touching moment.)
“Rest in peace, Charlie Murphy. We love you. We love your comedy. We love your stories, and we love your spirit,” Chappelle said, as Mayer began playing “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me.”
Chappelle and Mayer are the latest in a long list of stars, including Chris Rock and Zendaya, to honor Murphy, after he lost his battle to leukemia.